Roger Federer returned more than four hundred days later. It took him a year and a half to hit the track after the last time. He returned to Doha in 2021 but lost against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and returned later in the Geneva tournament, which he faced as a test before Roland Garros.
In Paris he stood out and dropped out. He resigned to continue in the second week, in the round of 16, knowing that his journey over the Parisian land lacked a certain sense. He looked further to Wimbledon, where he is better, his performance improves and the wear is less.
He came to Halle as a grass staging but lost to Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime. He made it to Wimbledon and progressed. He signed great moments of yesteryear that alternated with worse ones, closer to decline than splendor. And he fell badly in the quarters, the top of him, with the Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
He left hurt by the way, battered, loaded with doubts. He then announced that he should reflect on the future with his entire team, although he later clarified that he had already started the rehabilitation of his knee to return to play after the summer.
Federer is one of the greatest players of all time
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.
"I had read an article where he said he got really angry when he was young and that he had really worked on it. There, he was the calmest guy you can see on a tennis court," Mayer said. "I too, when I was young, got really angry, so I took him as an example.
I just wanted to reach out to him," Mayer added. "Subsequently, everything I have just said has become even more supported. His gesture was further refined, his backhand became magnificent." He even went as far as to suggest that the Swiss might just be the greatest sportsman ever, mainly due to his longevity.
"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."
After winning the Australian Open 2018, Federer became the World No.1 once again at the age of 36 years and 320 days. Thus, he is the oldest ever male player to get at the top position in the sport. Before him, it was Andre Agassi who became the No.1 player at the age of 33.