Roger Federer and Andy Roddick have been part of one of the biggest rivalries of the last twenty years. The American champion has often reached the final forced to surrender to the talent of the Swiss champion but the American himself is the proof of the feats achieved by Roger in recent years.
Born in 1982, Andy is a year younger than the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments but unlike his great rival he retired from tennis in 2012 and is currently a columnist. Roger Federer in 2021 is still in the world Top Ten, fresh from the Round of 16 at Roland Garros and the Quarter at Wimbledon.
In recent days, however, he has announced that he will soon have yet another knee surgery, the third in the last year and a half. Roger Federer's physical problems are now evident and it is something that Roddick himself can imagine, given the many injuries that have characterized his career.
Speaking on the Tennis Channel microphones Andy Roddick talked about Roger Federer's condition as follows: "He is perfectly aware of what can happen, given his previous experiences, we saw that after the last operation he was not moving very well.
I hope he can get back on track and say hello to him. Now the important thing is that he gets the goodbye to tennis he wants, now he no longer counts his level of play. Sometimes it is horrifying to see the older ones leave because their physique no longer holds up.
We must be clear that he has reached 40 years and his body has always behaved in an amazing way, I hope that one day my son, if he has a cent of Roger's success, will be as courteous as he is. Not just with the other players or with the referees, but with anyone else.
Federer has never been privileged despite being a legend of this sport, there will always be legends but no one has behaved in the course of history as Roger Federer did, an example for everyone."
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine.
His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically. I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move.
Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball." Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible." The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles. His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year.
Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone. The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.