Over the past year and a half, we have begun to taste what the ATP tour will be like after Roger Federer retires. The former world number 1 underwent two operations on his right knee in 2020, which however did not allow him to fully resolve that serious injury. The Swiss phenomenon returned to the field last March in Doha and many hoped that he would be able to get some other satisfaction before hanging up the racket. It seemed clear from the beginning that King Roger was not able to express himself 100% of his possibilities, visibly limited by a physicist who is presenting the bill after a very long career. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has played a pittance of 13 official matches in all of 2021, with an unsatisfactory record of nine wins and four losses. The last came in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon against Hubert Hurkacz, who even took the whim of giving him a bagel on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he was undergoing another knee surgery. The hope is to see him in action again at least for a final catwalk in 2022, but there are no guarantees in this regard. Recently, his former rival James Blake – who now plays the role of director of the Miami Open – expressed his wish that Federer can get up again this time around.
James Blake on Roger Federer
The 41-year-old spoke on this and stated, “Every time I thought I had the best of anything in tennis, I think Roger Federer just found a way to outdo me. So I suspect he will come back from his knee surgery with a better laugh and put me in my place.” Reflecting on Federer’s season, he began competing in Doha but lost in the initial rounds. After that, he competed in Geneva but crashed in the opening round. In Paris, he came to the fourth round of Roland Garros but withdrew due to lack of match practice. Roger Federer recently announced that he would be undergoing a third surgery on his right knee, ruling him out of the rest of the season. The Swiss was last seen at Wimbledon, where he was defeated in straight sets by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. Federer had only returned to the tennis circuit in March after being away from the game for 15 months. During that span, he underwent two surgeries on his knee. Despite his limited schedule, the 40-year-old is currently ranked No. 9 due to the adjusted ranking system in force.