Roger Federer's incredible longevity often makes us forget how his debut on the ATP Tour dates back to 1998. The Swiss phenomenon has remained competitive for an enormous amount of time, even though the last two seasons have been very difficult for him.
Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played only 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins against four defeats. Wimbledon was his main target, where in 2019 he had collected one of the most heinous insults of his entire career.
The Swiss Maestro's race was interrupted in the quarters at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, able to give him even a bagel in the third set. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has had his right knee operated on for the third time in the past year and a half and there is no clear plan for his return to the tour.
The hope of the fans is to see him again in 2022 at least for a final catwalk. Interviewed in the latest edition of the Three - A Tennis Show podcast, Paul Annacone revealed the main differences between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (having coached both of these legends).
Annacone said: "In terms of preparation, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras were quite similar. They both loved to work hard in the preseason, as they were used to winning a lot of games throughout the year and had less time to make reminders.
The versatility required to excel on all three surfaces, clay, grass and hard-courts, prompted them to take care of their physical shape in detail. When there were breaks in the calendar, Roger and Pete always used them to prepare their bodies for the season on clay and then on grass.
They knew their physical needs very well. When it comes to personality, Federer is slightly more outgoing than Sampras. Roger loves making jokes and joking, while Pete has a slightly more reserved character."
Robert Lewandowski Ballon d'Or 2021?
According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, in possession of information on the winner, the Pole Robert Lewandowski would be the winner of the Ballon d'Or 2021.
The trophy will be awarded on November 29 and, according to a list in possession of Marca, the winner will be the star of Bayern Munich. The Spanish newspaper had received a list from the same source in 2018, when it said Modric, then winner of the prize.
According to the latest rumors, there was a duel between Italian Jorginho, Chelsea midfielder champion of Europe with his club and his national team and Lionel Messi, who spent this summer from Barcelona to PSG. According to this list, in possession of Marca, Robert Lewandowski would win with 627 votes ahead of Messi, winner of the Copa America, Karim Benzema, Mohamed Salah and Jorginho. Also in the standings Pedri of Barcelona in front of Neymar who closes the top 20 with Mahrez.