Roger Federer made his debut on the ATP circuit back in 1998. Although a knee injury has severely limited him in the last two seasons, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has had a very long career and has taken countless satisfactions. The Swiss phenomenon played just 13 official matches last year, racking up nine wins and four defeats. 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 former world number 1 announced that he will have to operate for the third time in 18 months. Barring further setbacks, the 40-year-old from Basel will return to the Laver Cup, which will take place at London’s O2 Arena from 23-25 September. The King will also compete in the ATP in Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions had been canceled due to the pandemic. Interviewed during the Evening Standard, swimmer Adam Peaty revealed that he has always been a huge fan of Roger.
Peaty on King Roger
“I’m inspired by all the top players but Roger Federer is the one where I think he’s just class, isn’t he?” said Adam Peaty. “The way he comes across, how he performs, his attitude in the sport, that’s someone you want to look up to, you get to your late 30s or early 40s still doing your sport then why not.” When asked for his two cents on the matter, the ace swimmer admitted that he would give it a shot despite swimming being a “brutal sport” physically. “That’s another 10 years or more and it’s a brutal sport especially as you get older but you find new ways don’t you,” explained Peaty. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have put tennis on a higher pedestal. They have carried the name of the sport and have brought immense popularity to it. Moreover, their rivalry with each other has only heightened the enthusiasm amongst the fans. Djokovic went on to win the US Open in 2011. The H2H series of the players is in favor of the Serb by the ratio of 27:23. All ‘Big 3’ had 20 grand slam titles at the beginning of this year. However, the race is now in favor of the Spanish tennis legend, Rafael Nadal. Djokovic’s journey toward equalizing the score might end this year because of his vaccination status. It debars him from entering the US.