Roger Federer: ‘We need to remember that tennis players are…’

Roger Federer is currently ninth in the standings, with 3765 points and will lose 480 next week, thus placing himself with 3285. Felix Auger-Aliassime will have him within range, just over 20 points, although Hubert Hurkacz could also reach him, being barely 64 points from him. A good tournament of the two in Indian Wells would make them surpass the Helvetian in the Ranking, but even if this did not happen, it is a matter of time before Federer ends up leaving the Top 10 by himself, since in the coming weeks he will continue to lose points. For example, on the 25th of this month he will lose the 500 points that he still defends from the 2019 Basel title, and on November 8 he will lose the 400 that he still has from his last participation in the Nitto ATP Finals. About 900 points that will place him around 18th place in the ranking, the lowest he will have had since June 4, 2001, more than 20 years ago. In 2017, after a six-month absence, he slipped down to 17th, but quickly moved up the Rankings after winning in Melbourne that year. That will not happen in 2022. Roger will also lose all 720 points in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2019, causing his fall in the rankings to be more than remarkable.

Federer reflects on social media

Roger Federer recently spoke to Jonathan Heaf of the GQ Magazine on a variety of topics, including Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu’s struggles on the big stage, the dominance of the Big 3, and Rafael Nadal’s sleeveless tops. “Yes, I think so (that there is too much pressure),” Federer said. “I was following Emma Raducanu’s incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years – it’s been amazing, both of their stories. But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well.” According to Roger Federer, it is extremely challenging to handle negativity on social media. “I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media; I have no clue how I would have handled it,” the Swiss said. “For every 10 nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on. It’s a horrible situation. Even when I am feeling down I know I need to act a certain way in front of the world’s press. We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too.”