'I wish I knew Roger Federer well enough to answer that', says legend



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'I wish I knew Roger Federer well enough to answer that', says legend

Roger Federer's 2021 ended after just 13 games due to a relapse in his right knee. His countless fans are hoping that Hubert Hurkacz's bagel on Center Court will not remain the last image of the Swiss's career. The former world number 1 will in fact undergo a new knee operation, which will keep him still for an unspecified number of months.

King Roger should return in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, announcing his retirement at Wimbledon or perhaps in Basel. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has never been able to fully express his chances since his return to the tour last March, fueling fears that his physique is no longer able to sustain certain rhythms.

In a long conversation on ESPN on the eve of the US Open, John McEnroe was asked whether or not King Roger accepted that his career is winding down. Both Federer and Nadal will miss the last Grand Slam of the season for the second consecutive edition.

McEnroe opens up on Roger Federer

"I wish I knew Roger Federer well enough to answer that," John McEnroe said. "I think either way, to me one of the reasons he’s so great is that he sort of loves everything about tennis: the traveling, the press conferences.

There’s nothing that he didn’t like about it. To me, I don’t think he’d want to go out where he never played again," the American added. "He could walk around any tennis stadium in the world as much as he’d like, he would get a standing ovation I would assume.

I don’t know if he formally needs to go out and play Basel one more time so he gets that round of applause. I think that’s going to come either way. That’s totally up to him." The US Open 2021 will begin on the 30th of August and will end on the 13th of September.

This season, fans will be allowed to watch the matches from the stadiums with 100% full capacity. On the other hand, there is a slight disappointment as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem have decided to skip the tournament this year due to injuries.

However, on the brighter side, superstars like Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams will be headlining the event. With the way Djokovic has performed at the Grand Slam events this year, he will surely be considered the favorite to lift his 21st Grand Slam title.