The meniscus injury in the right knee is what leads Roger Federer to abuse in recent times. With hardly any ailments throughout his career, with the exception of the ones that generated his back in 2013, in full swing, he has suffered from ailments in his leg in recent months.
In fact, Federer acknowledged that the evolution of the knee had stalled and that he would not go to the Tokyo Olympics that are about to end. And that the Olympic gold is the only thing that Roger, who was champion in doubles in Beijing 2008 and individual silver in London 2012, has not won.
That final at the All England Club on July 14, 2019 that he lost to Djokovic was probably the Swiss tennis player's last great performance. Two years have passed since the longest Grand Slam final in history, with almost five hours of play.
Federer, 37 at the time, twice came within a point of winning his ninth Wimbledon and his 21st major. He was never so close afterwards. "I will try to forget this final although it was a great game," assumed the Swiss who then led Nadal by two greats and the Serbian by four.
Two seasons later, the balance is maximum. It was the last great moment of him. Then it stalled. He burst into 2020 full of expectations, with the semifinals at the Australian Open and then his ordeal began. His last official game of his before facing the reality of his knee.
He underwent surgery in February and shortly after in June. The news cornered the Swiss. The circuit got used to traveling without the Swiss presence until not long ago the great claim of the competition, the great incentive of each tournament.
Federer, exalted by his endless talent, admired by a unique class and an incomparable presence on the court, always questioned the need to resort to push, to vigor. It seemed there was no need for Roger to pull his strength, his energy.
His tennis went further. His presence gave off a touch of distinction in each game. Every hit. The right, the backhand, the serve. Finesse, elegance, presence, style.
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French decathlete Kevin Mayer recently gave his thoughts on Roger Federer as part of a special program by L'Equipe ahead of the Swiss maestro's birthday on 8 August.
Mayer revealed that Federer's elegance and poise instantly attracted him to the Swiss' game. During the interaction, Mayer went on to assert that in tennis "nothing is better" than Roger Federer. He even went as far as to suggest that the Swiss might just be the greatest sportsman ever, mainly due to his longevity.
"Technically, for me, there is nothing better in tennis. All sports combined, I place him at the level of the greatest, that's for sure. For his longevity, for what he has done, for the way he communicates," Mayer said.
"At whose level? Superfluous question, because each sport has its difficulties. We're not going to compare a LeBron James to a Roger Federer. I like the Swiss' class. What I love about him is that it's not his expression that makes his personality, it's his game, his calm, I find that beautiful."