Record 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says Roger Federer is definitely missed at Wimbledon. Federer, 40, underwent a knee surgery last August as he hasn't played since 2021 Wimbledon. Federer is a record eight-time Wimbledon champion and a true icon at The All England Club.
For the first time since 1998, Wimbledon is taking place without Federer. Nadal, 36, was asked what it's like playing at Wimbledon without Federer. “Well, it’s a negative thing,” Nadal said, per Tennisbuzz.
"But the life, that’s the circle of life, you know. Time happens, and the watch, the clock never stops. This kind of stuff we need to get used to. But in a personal way, of course my personal relationship with Roger have been always great, and probably my greatest rival.
At the same time all the things that we shared together on court is something difficult to describe, the emotions, all the things. And of course I personally miss him in the tennis tour, and tennis of course miss him, tournaments, fans, everyone."
Nadal: We need Federer on a regular basis
Federer hasn't played much tennis over the last two and a half years because of three knee surgeries. After undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020, Federer made his comeback last year but appeared in just five tournaments before he went under the knife once again.
Nadal admitted Federer's presence is missed at Wimbledon but underlined the Swiss' presence is also greatly missed in other great events. "No, no, we can’t create a story just about Wimbledon," Nadal said.
“I think Roger Federer is important in every single tournament. Not only Wimbledon. He is a well-missed player in every single event of tennis, without a doubt”. The latest reports suggest that Federer is recovering well and that he should be ready to play the Laver Cup in late September.