'Roger Federer's the only one who could make it', says Top 10
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 4939
Roger Federer made his return to the Doha tour last March, making it clear early on that Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics would be his big goals. The Swiss champion showed up at the Championships with very few matches in his legs, as well as a physical condition far from 100%.
Thanks also to a not impossible draw, the former world number 1 managed to push himself up to the quarters, where his race was abruptly interrupted by Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole had an easy time against King Roger on Center Court, so much so that he even handed him a bagel in the third set.
A few days later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion made official his renunciation of the Tokyo Olympics due to a relapse in his operated knee. If that's not enough, the news came a few days ago that the Swiss will also miss the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Given the circumstances, it is impossible not to question his participation in the US Open. During the press conference preceding the start of the National Bank Open, Andrey Rublev commented on Federer's extraordinary feat at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday
"I'm sure I'm not going to be the first one to say this (Roger Federer's Wimbledon QF run) was something unreal, something unbelievable," Andrey Rublev said. "That he's the only one who could make it.
By the way, I'm not really surprised because this is Roger, he breaks so many records," Rublev went on. "He is one of the best tennis players in history. And that's what he's doing and achieveing it's just unreal." Since his comeback in March, Federer has only played 13 matches on tour, five of which came at the Championships.
"He's still playing, still winning great matches after surgery without really playing many tournaments," Rublev said. "I mean, since he stopped last year, after Australia, I think, if I'm not wrong, he played only I think Doha, Roland Garros, and then he is quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
So it's something unreal, to not play for more than one year and play only two tournaments and before Wimbledon, nothing and straight to play Wimbledon," added the Russian. "It just shows how great he is." Swiss tennis star Roger Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday.
After entering this next chapter in life, the maestro still manages to continue being at the top of his game. Sadly, he has been hit with injuries in the recent past that have kept him away from the circuit.