The right knee has plagued Roger Federer for the past two seasons. After the semifinal reached at the Australian Open 2020, a real ordeal for the Swiss has begun on a sporting level. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber. A few weeks after the Championships, the King announced that he had to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months. The hope of the fans is that the 40-year-old from Basel can treat himself to one last ride of the carousel before hanging up his racket. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup. His presence at the ATP in Basel has also been confirmed. During a recent interview with ‘Olé’, José Luis Clerc addressed the issue of the GOAT.
Clerc talks about Roger Federer
The debate over the best player in history unleashes passions. Everyone has their own criteria for designating “their” GOAT. In comments collected by Olé, José Luis Clerc explains that he bases himself on a simple fact: that of the number of Grand Slam titles. According to the Argentinian, Rafael Nadal can therefore deliver the coup de grace to his rivals at Roland‐Garros. “If Nadal wins Roland Garros, he will be the greatest of all time. The one who I think won’t win another Grand Slam is Roger Federer. Those of us who love the sport want Federer to be forever, but he isn’t. People tell me ‘Roger is the best’, but for me, whoever wins the most Grand Slam titles will be the greatest in history. Federer hasn’t been the same for some time, he’s already 42nd in the standings, I don’t know when he’ll be back. Nadal and Djokovic are still there against new players, like Alcaraz, who hit harder than Zverev or Berrettini. Tennis is evolving by leaps and bounds with this new generation of young people aged 18 to 20, ”said the former 4th in the world. Over the years, Roger Federer has enthralled tennis fans with his audacious displays on the tennis court. He has had many memorable tournaments where he has held his dominance throughout his career. The first tournament that comes to mind is the Wimbledon Championships, where the Swiss maestro has won eight titles.