Roger Federer was able to play the misery of 13 official matches in all of 2021, testifying to a physical condition far from the glories of the past. His last appearance dates back to Wimbledon, where he managed to hit the quarter-finals thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard.
After being clearly eliminated by Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss phenomenon announced that he would not take part in the Tokyo Olympics due to a relapse in his right knee. On the evening of Sunday 15 August, news came that King Roger would have operated on the same limb for the third time in the last year and a half.
The surgery has already been performed and the 20-time Grand Slam champion started rehabilitation a few weeks ago. The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022, but it is too early to say too much. This setback will not allow the former ATP number 1 to participate in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, staged at the TD Garden in Boston in a few days.
During a meeting with one of his sponsors (Mercedes), the 40-year-old from Basel took stock of the upcoming start of the event. Federer said: "I think Team Europe is still the favorite, thanks largely to the presence of Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and US Open winner Daniil Medvedev.
If we analyze the singulars, we should start with a considerable advantage. As for indoor doubles, anything is possible. I believe there will be a great balance in that specialty." Team Europe - led by Bjorn Borg - took home all three editions so far (the tournament did not take place last year due to the pandemic).
Federer added: "It's amazing how strong the European selection has become in recent years. Even without being able to count on Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and me, our team has what it takes to win. We must not forget the presence of a leader like Bjorn Borg on our bench."
Roger Federer comments on Novak Djokovic's amazing 2021
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.