Roger Federer fans were shocked by the news that the Swiss will go under the knife for a new surgery on his right knee. The former world number 1 has already warned that he will be out of the circuit for many months and that at his age, his return to the field cannot be taken for granted.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion closes his 2021 prematurely with just 13 matches, which speaks volumes about the 40-year-old from Basel's current difficulties. The best result was the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon, too little for a legend of his caliber.
The hope is that King Roger can at least allow himself a catwalk in 2022, and then announce his retirement at Wimbledon or perhaps in his Basel. “I've had several visits and consultations for my knee in the last few days and it turns out that I need another surgery.
It will be very tough, but I want to give myself a little hope of returning to the tour in a decent form ”- Federer explained in a video posted on Instagram. During the Masters 1000 in Toronto, Stefanos Tsitsipas reiterated all his admiration for the Swiss Maestro.
Tsitsipas pays tribute to Roger Federer
“I grew up watching all of his games. He is a legend of our sport. I remember really enjoying watching him serve and fly. People often say that Roger Federer's tennis doesn't require a lot of effort, but I think Pete Sampras' was very similar, also aesthetically.
He has always been an example, a reference, ending his career by winning a Grad Slam was the best possible end" - Stefanos Tsitsipas stated. In just two weeks’ time, the eyes of the world will feast on the US Open.
While winning in Flushing Meadows is the ultimate objective, the Cincinnati Open 2021 presents an opportunity for players to fine tune themselves to the American hard courts. Federer withdrew from the hard court tournament citing a knee injury.
Although fans expected him to make it to the US Open, he gave a saddening injury update. Taking to social media, the Swiss star revealed he needed knee surgery, which keeps him out for an indefinite period. Although Nadal played the Citi Open, he withdrew from the National Bank Open citing the need to recover completely for the US Open.
The Spaniard skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to a foot injury he picked up at the French Open.