Roger Federer: ‘One of them might defeat me but fail to defeat…’

At the age of 40, many believe it will be difficult for Roger Federer to list other prestigious titles. The Swiss phenomenon, who has been absent from the tour for over a year, has already had to suffer the hook of Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam rankings, after the Spaniard won his 20th Major at Roland Garros last October. As if that weren’t enough, Novak Djokovic also snatched the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. If we add to this the sudden rise of the Next Gen, we understand that it will not be easy for King Roger to win another Wimbledon. In one of the numerous interviews released after his arrival in Doha, the 39-year-old from Basel has renewed his willingness to deal with the youngest, just as he has already done for over a decade. Federer’s last Grand Slam final dates back to Wimbledon 2019, when he wasted two match points by succumbing to the fifth tiebreak against Djokovic. We’ll see if the Swiss will have the chance to take revenge on him.

Roger Federer on the Next Gens

“One of them might defeat me but fail to defeat Novak Djokovic, or beat Novak but fail to beat Rafael Nadal, or beat Rafa but fail to beat me,” Roger Federer said. “We (the Big 3) will try to stand fast for the longest time possible and will try to increase the number of our titles.” Roger Federer has two Olympic medals to his name, but is yet to win the coveted gold medal in the singles event. Federer won the gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, partnering with Stan Wawrinka, but failed to do the same in singles. Many believed Federer would win the singles gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, as the event was held on the grasscourts of Wimbledon – where the Swiss had won his 17th Major just days earlier. “The Olympics is a major goal for me,” Federer said. “Unfortunately, I missed the Rio Olympics (in 2016) because of a left knee injury. I hope I will return to the Tokyo Olympics. I hope that I will be fully in (shape) by then and that questions about my knee will stop.” Roger Federer returned to the ATP Tour for the first time in more than a year and he saved his reputation by battling past Dan Evans in three sets. It was a tough outing for the World No. 6 at the hardcourt in Doha, but he managed to hold on for the victory. Though Roger Federer might be deemed as the greatest ever to play the sport, even he struggled with signs of rust since returning to action after a year’s layoff. The Swiss Maestro was even new to some of the rules introduced since the advent of COVID-19.