Roger Federer has had to deal with injuries in the past two seasons. The Swiss star played just 19 matches between 2020 and 2021, a statistic that speaks volumes about his physical difficulties. The former world number 1 has racked up nine wins and four defeats this year, modest haul for a legend of his caliber.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, before giving up what would have been his last Olympics. In fact, the King announced that he suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return to the circuit in the summer of 2022. His presence at the Championships is highly doubtful, as Roger himself admitted a few weeks ago. During a long interview with ESPN Argentina, ATP number 13 Diego Schwartzman expressed his admiration for Federer.
The 40-year-old from Basel defeated 'El Peque' in all four head-to-head matches. Schwartzman said: "Roger Federer is a gentleman. He is perfect on the pitch and above all off the pitch, being endowed with a sympathy and a cheerfulness out of the ordinary.
I really hope that he never retires, that they make him play in a suit and tie as well. Although his public image of him is that of a serious and poised man, in the player area he is very witty with all of us. On the pitch he gives the impression of being bored at times, knowing that he can win as and when he wants.
When Roger is in shape, his level of play is totally unattainable. He has the largest repertoire of variations ever seen." Diego has great ambitions for 2022: "I want to stay close to the Top 10 next year. Sometimes it's a couple of matches that make a difference at those levels.
A great deal of effort is required, but I can't wait for the season to start."
Novak Djokovic will skip the ATP Cup
Only a few days to go until the 2022 season begins, the ATP Cup and some 250 tournaments will begin and there will be the first indications on who will travel to Australia in view of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament.
There is a lot of curiosity about what Novak Djokovic will decide, if he can attend and defend the title in Melbourne. Only vaccinated tennis players can go to Australia and the number one in the world still has to communicate his real intentions to everyone.
Several times in the past he has spoken with a negative meaning about the vaccine and now everyone wants to understand if Nole is vaccinated or not. In fact, it seems likely that a possible sensational forfeit in Australia would mean that Novak Djokovic is not currently vaccinated.
The journalist Sasà Ozmo and sources close enough to the player report that Nole will not participate in the ATP Cup but will instead remain in Serbia where he will work hard to prepare for the start of the season, including the Australian Open: "99% Novak Djokovic will not travel for be January 1st in Australia and compete in the ATP Cup.
He is training in Serbia and has decided to skip this team tournament." Bad tile for Serbia who will have to do without their favorite and their star. Serbia is in the group with Norway, Chile and Spain. Oea all the insiders are wondering if Novak Djokovic will be present on January 17th at the starting line of the next Australian Open, a tournament that he could even win for the tenth time in his career.
Currently Nole will remain in Serbia where, in addition to training, he will work for extra tennis commitments together with his wife Jelena. He will also have the opportunity to spend free time with his children and the rest of the family while the well-known and experienced coach Marian Vajda will take care of the training.
The decision on the Australian Open is therefore postponed for the moment with all his supporters waiting to understand what the number one and twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments will do.