Roger Federer played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a very unsatisfactory tally of nine wins to four defeats. His last appearance was at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks to a not impossible draw.
His run ended in front of Hubert Hurkacz, who took off the whim of giving him a bagel in the third set on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half.
The former world number 1 underwent the surgery and has already begun the rehabilitation process. The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, useful to end his extraordinary career in the best possible way.
During a meeting with sponsors in Zurich, Roger provided some interesting updates on his form. Recall that the 40-year-old from Basel will not even be able to take part in the 2021 edition of the Laver Cup, staged this weekend in Boston.
Federer said: "The worst is over now. I can't wait to find out what the next steps in my rehabilitation process will be. I went through a similar path last year. I hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible, but you have to be very patient in these cases."
To the Swiss Maestro was then asked for an opinion on Novak Djokovic's 2021, who was unable to complete the Grand Slam by a whisker. The Serbian champion surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final after winning the first three majors of the season.
Federer said: "I think the Grand Slam is a possible feat, Djokovic proved it this year. Obviously it remains very difficult, it also takes a good dose of luck. In any case, Novak's 2021 remains absolutely incredible."
The Big 3 are currently tied with 20 Grand Slams each.
Novak Djokovic would not be the world no.1 with the standars ranking
The freezing of the ranking at the time of Covid-19, the new ways to count points and establish the ranking of the ATP Tour in this last season have created quite a few controversies among tennis players, professionals and fans.
A complex method that allowed some to take advantage of the situation, playing fewer tournaments but still maintaining a high position, and others to suffer it and be heavily penalized (especially for those who wanted to recover and climb positions).
After much criticism, a decision was reached to completely restore the ranking with the pre-pandemic methods in the summer of 2022, when the Cincinnati Master 1000 will be held. Numbers company Jeu, Set et Maths has carried out an in-depth analysis of the performance of the various players over the last 28 weeks and has compiled what would be the 'real' ranking at this time.
The same experts, rightly, have noted and underlined that: with the freezing of the points the roadmap of the last few seasons would not have been this and that the tournaments would not have been the same (also with regard to drawing up the seeded players on the eve of any competition).
They then added: "This ranking doesn't make much sense right now; however, it turns out to be a fairly coherent and sensible approach with what, by merit, the current ranking should be." Looking at the two sides of the coin, the differences would be different and also very interesting.
In fact, the world number one would no longer be Novak Djokovic but Daniil Medvedev, fresh winner of the US Open, with just 155 points ahead. Then, to close the podium, the German Alexander Zverev would follow, who would gain the position on Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th).