Roger Federer's dream of winning his ninth Wimbledon title this year was shattered by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. The young Polish player defeated the 20-time Grand Slam champion in three sets, but then had to deal with Matteo Berrettini's explosiveness and lost in the semifinals.
The Swiss champion appeared physically in great difficulty on that occasion and the choices he made after the clear defeat offered a clearer picture of his condition. Federer in fact renounced first the Tokyo Olympics and the American Masters 1000 and then the US Open.
The Swiss was forced to undergo a new knee operation and to close his 2021 prematurely. Federer's goal is to return to compete unconditionally in 2022. Darren Cahill, former coach of Simona Halep, spoke of the return of Roger Federer and speculated his presence at the next edition of the Australian Open.
He said to Sportsday: "There will be so many great stories coming to the next Australian Open, it will be a historic tournament. It looks like Roger Federer will play the tournament. I know he's working a lot on the court right now and we're pretty sure he'll come to Australia to play.
At 40-year-old, what he is doing is commendable, trying to reach the 21st Grand Slam. Rafael Nadal is training a lot, I have seen some videos of him. He is working hard to win another Grand Slam. " Cahill finally focused on Novak Djokovic.
He added: "I think Novak will be in Australia, but tennis is much bigger than any single individual. If he doesn't come, I'm sure the tournament will still be a success. However, it would be very disappointing not to have it." Remember the Australian Open could become the first international tennis tournament open to vaccinated athletes only.
We will see what happens in the next few weeks and if Tennis Australia can find an agreement with the government.
Roger Federer is losing records: the latest is...
In recent years, the greatest difficulty has been precisely that of the continuity of participation in tournaments on the ATP Tour, thanks to the advanced age (for a player) and the prolonged energy recovery that his body needs after the dispute of a competition (especially if prestigious, best of 5 sets).
Roger Federer is slowly losing all the records and consecutive positive streaks that he had consolidated and conquered over the course of his long career: sooner or later it had to be the Swiss's turn to give way, even if in 2022 he will return to the field to always return to more as a professional tennis player, with the aim of being competitive and getting new satisfactions.
The 40-year-old, according to some rumors, is trying to intensify his training, starting the hard work that will prepare him for competitive commitments. Difficult, although not impossible at the moment, the hypothesis of seeing the native of Basel at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of next season.
A truly strange year for the former world number one, who never found the continuity necessary to get to the bottom of the competitions and register more appearances. After an excellent run at Wimbledon, which ended only in the quarter-finals, and following another knee injury, Roger decided to undergo surgery again and declare his season over.
Federer thus lost a truly impressive record, which he had kept open since 1998 (first year of activity in the ATP circuit, also benefiting in the junior one): the Swiss was unable to reach even a semi-final on hard surface after 23 years.
In Doha, the only more delicious opportunity, where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Nikoloz Basilashvili. In 2020 the athlete had carried on the incredible series, given the goal achieved at the AO before the lockdown and stop period.