During an interview with the microphones of Tennis Majors Toni Nadal, former coach and uncle of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, talked about the conditions of his nephew and the Swiss champion Roger Federer, stating that the return of the Swiss is much more complicated than that of his nephew.
Roger Federer turned 40 a few months ago and underwent his third knee surgery in a year in August, while Rafa's season ended early due to a foot problem. Toni appeared much more optimistic about Rafa stating that he believes in at least another two or three years of the Spaniard at high levels.
Here are the words of Toni Nadal: "I think Roger Federer is much more complicated because he is 40 years old. He has returned from several operations and I don't know if everything is okay. In the case of Rafael, on the other hand, I am sure that he still has another two or three years of good level left and I am convinced that he will still be able to win a Grand Slam title.
The reality is that every year it becomes more difficult for them and every year the youngsters seem closer." The last match played by Roger Federer this year was in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon where the Swiss champion gave up in front of the blows of the Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz, clear winner in three sets.
At the end of the match Roger commented: "I was really unhappy with how things had gone at Wimbledon, I was not where I wanted and certainly I was not at my highest level. I did my best in the end and alas I had reached my limit.
proceed step by step." Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now in the final part of their careers. If the Serbian champion is still number and continues to grind record after record, a different situation for Roger and Rafa who in recent times are struggling with constant physical problems and the Swiss is now struggling with the twilight of his career.
Roger Federer: "Anything I can do will only be a bonus"
Roger Federer's 2021 didn't go the way he himself and his fans would have liked. Not only did the Swiss phenomenon fail to repeat the miracle of 2017, but it was immediately clear how far it was from 100% of the condition.
The former world number 1 has played a pittance of 13 official matches this season, collecting the best results at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Favored by a not impossible draw, the 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals on Church Road, where he surrendered clearly to the Polish Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court.
That still remains the Swiss Maestro's last appearance on a tennis court, given his decision to forgo the Tokyo Olympics and have his right knee operated for the third time. His return will not take place before 2022, as long as the physicist grants him yet another return.
During a long interview with the microphones of GQ Magazine, the Maestro explained that he did not want to put any pressure on himself at this stage of his life. Federer said: "At this moment in my life, I realize I can't ask for anything better.
I have a beautiful wife and four children, there is no reason not to be happy like this. My daughters are already 12 years old, I was 28 when we brought them into the world. And then there are my boys, who have turned seven. I have a wonderful life and I can't really complain."
The eight-time Wimbledon champion seems to have resigned himself to the idea of no longer being able to win the Grand Slams: "As for my career on the tour, what I will be able to do is just a bonus and an extra.
Now I can spend more time with my family and friends, as well as doing many things that I had been forced to put aside in previous years." The Swiss is destined to come out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, a detail that will not affect his newfound smile.
"It is clear that at my age I have a different perspective than all other players," admitted the eight-time Wimbledon champion. "On the one hand I am thrilled to be 40, on the other I often joke about it. I can't believe I hit 40, he's just crazy!
Overall, I am happy with the moment I am living in. I remember when I turned 20, I thought I knew who I really was. The reality is that I had absolutely no idea. At 30 you have a slightly clearer perception, while at 40 you are perfectly aware of your essence," continued Federer.
Roger, who has not set foot on the court since Wimbledon, is preparing to exit the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. None of the Big 3 is present at Indian Wells, yet another symptom of the generational change taking place. The 2022 season promises to be nothing short of exciting.