In a recent interview for the ITF website, the 40-year-old from Basel Roger Federer highlighted the positive aspects that have arisen from monetary and technological progress. Roger said: "Nowadays, also due to greater economic possibilities, players have bigger teams with them, they take better care of their physique and traveling has become much easier than it was 20 or 30 years ago."
I believe that in the future we will see more and more impressive players hitting very hard from every part of the court. There will be further improvements in the racquet and string technology, which will allow you to give more topspin to the ball while ensuring greater control.
Beyond all the innovations we can imagine, I just think that the new rules must not distort the uniformity of the game. I think an interesting future awaits us." Roger Federer will no longer return to the pitch this year due to a knee relapse.
The Swiss champion had returned to the tour last March in Doha, but there was never the feeling that he was in 100% condition. His 2021 went into the archive with only 13 games played and a far from exhilarating balance of nine wins against four defeats.
His best result came at Wimbledon, where he hit the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible draw. Stopping his run was Hubert Hurkacz, who dominated the match on Center Court by also giving his illustrious opponent a bagel in the third set.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to undergo his third knee operation in less than a year and a half, hoping to be back in action for at least one last runway. The former world number 1 said he was confident about it, but at his age there can be no guarantees.
"For Nadal and Federer it will be complicated..."
In a press conference after beating Martina Trevisan in the second round, Belinda Bencic expressed her opinion on the complicated situation of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
She said: "Obviously I hope that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be able to return to the circuit soon. However, I cannot answer this question with certainty, it should be asked of those directly concerned. I personally hope with all my heart to see Roger on the pitch again.
I am quite optimistic about it, also because I know how much he is in love with tennis. All that remains is to wait and hope that things go well." Without Federer and Wawrinka, the spotlight is all on Bencic. The Swiss added: "I don't feel too much pressure, there are four Swiss players in the main draw of these US Open.
I'm not the only one who has the opportunity to do well. For sure, I am very happy and proud to keep the Swiss name high in tournaments where Roger and Stan are missing." Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had to miss the second consecutive US Open 2021, both due to injury.
The Swiss champion will undergo knee surgery for the third time in the past year and a half, after playing just 13 matches in all of 2021. Many problems also for the Spaniard, who has experienced a troubled season due to back problems and especially to the foot.
The 35-year-old from Manacor tried to return to the field in Washington, but it was immediately evident that the pain had not disappeared. A few days later, the 13-time Roland Garros winner announced his forfeit in New York and ended his year prematurely.
If we add to the absences of Roger and Rafa those of Serena and Venus Williams, it is not difficult to understand that we are witnessing the end of an era.