Roger Federer has not been able to deliver his best tennis in the last two seasons due to continuing knee problems. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has in fact undergone more than one operation, with the hope of returning to normal in 2022.
After losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, Federer decided to take a break before announcing his forfeit ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The real goal of the former world number one was to play a good part of the American Tour, with an eye towards the US Open, but his project was blown when the doctors offered him a new surgery.
In a recent interview with the magazine GQ, Federer talked about the Slam record and his historical rivals: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He said: “The Big Three to 20 Slams? Frankly it is incredible that all three of us got to twenty Slams: when I became a professional the record was twelve, then Sampras managed to equal it and go up to 14.
Roger Federer on the Big 3 and the surfaces
I passed it in 2009, a very important moment for me, as I managed to catch up and overtake it within a month between Paris and Wimbledon. I think Nole and Rafa are in a different state of mind than me right now.
Obviously all three of us would like to win even more, because this is the attitude you have to have at these levels, but my path has been a little bit longer. long and complicated, so I guess I have a slightly different perspective.
I believe there will be another era of champions like this one. I don’t want to take anything away from Rafa, Novak or myself, but I think it’s easier today to dominate on more surfaces.
Fifty years ago there were three Grand Slams on grass, it’s true, but I think the margins were narrower, there were specialists in cement and clay, and few knew how to play on any surface. Borg did it, but things were different, the players didn’t focus on the Grand Slams in the same way.”