Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have thrown fans from all over the world into despair by closing their season early. The Swiss phenomenon will undergo a new operation on his right knee, hoping to be able to return to the field in 2022 at least for a catwalk.
The former world number 1 has played just 13 matches this year, with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses. His best result were the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon, before giving in clearly to Hurkacz with a lot of bagels in the third set.
Nadal, on the other hand, won two titles in 2021, but a foot injury limited him for much of the year. The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to make it past the semi-final at Roland Garros and had to forgo both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Neither will be present at the US Open in just over a week, with Novak Djokovic super favorite to achieve the Grand Slam and reach 21 Majors. In a recent conversation on the Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj - who played on the ATP tour from 2003 to 2012 - analyzed the situation of Roger and Rafa.
Amritraj on Federer and Nadal
"I don't think so. I think Roger Federer has a few more years on Rafael Nadal and it's a little bit more serious injury," Prakash Amritraj said. "Roger's been battling with this for some time now, and it's the knee, and a surgery.
A little bit of a different scenario." The Indian also referred to Nadal's withdrawal statement, where he expressed hope of recovering fully by next year. "Rafa, it's the foot," Amritraj said. "I saw him up close in DC, it was bothering him there.
He still fought really hard, very impressive as he always is. I think it was a more managable injury. Listen, Rafa's made it very clear, he put out a statement saying I'm going to do whatever it takes to get myself in a position to compete for what motivates me the most," Amitraj added.
The 2021 ATP season began with the ATP Cup, which Nadal missed due to a back injury. Although he made it to the Australian Open just days later, the Spaniard suffered an exit in the quarterfinals after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He then missed the Rotterdam Open, the Mexican Open, and the Miami Open due to another back injury. However, the Spaniard returned in time for the clay court season, taking part in the Monte Carlo Masters. Following his quarterfinal exit from the tournament, he won the Barcelona Open and the Italian Open, building momentum for the French Open.