In these hours, the Swiss champion Roger Federer can be very satisfied with a tribute received from his hometown, the much adored Basel: in fact, a tram entirely dedicated and named after the 40-year-old tennis player has been officially set up, with images that retrace his important and long adventure in the ATP Tour.
Many pages of written history, a player capable of being effective and among the best in the world in several generations, who is now dealing with advanced age and a physical condition that is not at its best, which does not allow him much continuity on the court.
The athlete born in 1981, during the inauguration, said and underlined: "The project was very important to me. This is why it is a great honor to be able to see the vehicle on the streets of Basel in the future."
Then he added on his social channels, retracing the emotions of the early years: "Thanks for the incredible tribute. It seems like yesterday that I was a boy who trained every day… We just have to get on board the Federer express!" A magnificent creation on the vehicle, in which some iconic images of the tennis player's career are depicted: from the movement of some shots that have made him famous, for accuracy but above all for the style, to the various triumphs, such as the lifting of the trophy of the Us Open.
Switzerland holds tight to its champion, who in recent days had declared eternal love for his homeland, defining it as one of his favorite places: "It's the country I miss most when I travel around the Tour," he explained.
Medvedev: "Now it's easier to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal!"
The last year has seen more and more the decline of the Big 3, or the three tennis players who more than any other have made tennis history.
We are obviously talking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It must be said that this meaning does not apply to the number one in the world Novak Djokovic, author of one of his best seasons ever and winner of 3 Grand Slam titles (one step away from the fourth).
As for Federer and Nadal, however, the situation is different with these two players now constantly struggling with physical problems; both have not played for months and for Federer, now over 40, we have reached the final stages of his career.
Nadal played a season between highs and lows but a heavy foot injury suffered during Roland Garros led him to say goodbye in advance to the 2021 season. Both Federer and Nadal will not take part in the ATP Finals at the end of the year, which this one year will be played in Turin, and we expect to know when they will be able to return to the field.
Federer recently underwent yet another knee operation and, above all, the shadow of retirement hangs over the Swiss. During an advertising campaign for a Russian company, the number two in the world and recent winner of the US Open 2021 Daniil Medvedev spoke of the now increasingly evident decline of the Big 3, focusing precisely on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Here are his words: "I think that the three of them are the best three tennis players in history, about 17 or 18 of the last 20 Grand Slams have been won by them. Like everything in life, however, there will come a time when their domination will pass but above all for quests.
year it should be remembered that both Nadal and Federer have been injured for a long time. I am lucky and honored to have faced them and let's say that I feel lucky to have faced them in the final stages of their career because they are getting older and let's say that it is less difficult to beat them."