Roger Federer is the idol of many players, having crossed several generations without ever losing his unmistakable elegance. The last two years have been very complicated for the Swiss phenomenon, who had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee.
Suffice it to say that the King played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. After being eliminated in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at London’s O2 Arena in late September). All fans hope that the 40-year-old from Basel can retire on his terms, managing to get some other satisfaction on the tennis court.
During a recent interview with Tennis Majors, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – Novak Djokovic’s executioner in Monte Carlo – revealed that Federer has always been his idol.
Davidovich Fokina on Roger Federer
“Roger Federer [is my idol],” Davidovich Fokina said.
“I cried when he lost in Australia (to Nadal in 2009), I cried with him (laughs). I want to talk with him one day because, his personality was like, I think more or less like mine [when he was younger]. He was breaking everything, he was mad every time.
Furthermore, at some point, he adjusted his perspective and he was playing like the best ones.” The 22-year-old Spaniard additionally affirmed that he will probably become World No. 1 and come out on top for Major championships. “I want to be No. 1 in tennis,” Davidovich Fokina added.
“I think if you are No. 1, you have to win one Grand Slam minimum. But my goal is to be the best player in the world when I’m playing, to win a lot of tournaments, and you know, to enjoy playing tennis. The life is short, you have to enjot every moment.”
It was the year 2003. Roger Federer was gradually making his way to the top of men’s tennis then. He entered The Championships, Wimbledon as the fourth seed that year, behind the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The Swiss maestro went on to win his first Grand Slam title at that tournament, defeating Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the summit clash. The former World Number 1 dialed into the annual Switzerland Tourism convention. He looked charming as ever during his virtual appearance.