Roger Federer hasn’t set foot on the pitch since his clear defeat in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 2021. The former world number 1 did not seem in top form last year, finishing with just 13 official matches played. The Swiss champion has collected nine wins and four defeats, a far too meager toll for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks after the Championships ended, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a relapse in his right knee and had to operate for the third time in the last 18 months. The surgery was carried out successfully, but to see the Maestro again on tour you have to wait until the summer.
His presence at Wimbledon this year is highly doubtful, as Roger himself admitted some time ago. The 40-year-old from Basel had to greet the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, yet another sign of the end of an era. Recently, James Blake – current director of the Miami Open – recalled the beating he suffered against Federer at the 2006 ATP Finals.
James Blake speaks about Federer
“I was still smiling because it was right before Roger Federer absolutely thrashed me in the Shanghai finals,” Blake wrote. “Silly me thought I might have a chance just because I was playing really well that week.
So young and foolish.” James Blake’s season ended with a beat-down at the hands of Roger Federer, but that didn’t take anything away from his achievements. After the Shanghai final, the American took exception to a local reporter who claimed he had “collapsed” in the face of Federer’s brilliance.
“If you think that’s collapsing, I implore any of you to go out there and face Roger Federer on the court,” Blake had said. “I’ll write your column, you face him, we’ll see who does better. I don’t feel like I collapsed at all.
I wish I could have done better, but that was my best for today.” The 25-year-old star Thanasi Kokkinakis is certainly on cloud nine right now. Not only did he just win his first maiden ATP title, but he also had the legend, Roger Federer congratulate him personally.
Kokkinakis won the Adelaide International 2, one of the tournaments in the build-up to the Australian Open. It must be a special kind of happiness and awe that Kokkinakis felt when he saw Roger Federer himself text him on Instagram. Moreover, Federer even used his nickname, adding a personal touch to his praise.