Like the intro of the Marvel series in these weeks streaming on Disney +, there is also a question mark regarding the Swiss Maestro: What if .. Roger Federer comes out of the Top-10? It was a season well below expectations that of former world number one Roger Federer, who in 2021 took part in only five tournaments without reaching even a semifinal.
Born in 1981, the champion from Basel returned to play in Doha, Qatar, after an absence from the circuit lasting just over a year. Here he defeated Daniel Evans in three sets before losing a comeback to event winner Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Then, the Swiss appeared for the first time in his career at the Geneva Open, where he was immediately released at the hands of the Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Arriving at Roland Garros in Paris without even a win on clay-courts, Roger beat Denis Istomin, Marin Cilic and Dominik Koepfer before giving up on the occasion of the meeting with our Matteo Berrettini, due to a physical problem.
What if .. Roger Federer comes out of the Top-10?
In Halle, a tournament he has won ten times, Federer stopped in the first match against the young Félix Auger-Aliassime, after winning the first set. At Wimbledon, an event canceled in 2020, the 40-year-old Swiss got the better of Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego, but had to surrender against Hubert Hurkacz with a tough score of 6-3 7-6 6-0.
Absent at the Tokyo Olympics 2021, Roger announced after a few weeks that he had to undergo yet another surgery on his right knee and that for this reason he will have to give up the rest of the season: a hard news for all fans of the Swiss, who will have to endure a further remoteness of their favorite from the tennis courts.
Therefore, considering the points Roger earned two years ago in Indian Wells (300) and those in Shanghai (180), there is a great chance that the eight-time Wimbledon champion will drop out of the world top 10 in a few weeks.
It would be the first time since January 2017, when he went on to win the Australian Open after being six months away from the ATP Tour.