Fans around the world were in a frenzy when Roger Federer rejoined the circuit last March in Doha, ending an absence of over a year. The hope was that the Swiss phenomenon would be able to take off further satisfactions before hanging up the racket.
The 2021 budget certainly cannot be considered satisfactory. The former world number 1 has in fact played the misery of 13 games, obtaining nine wins against four defeats. The best result came on the grass of Wimbledon, where the King went to the quarters thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard.
His run was interrupted in front of a wild Hubert Hurkacz, who inflicted a heavy bagel on him in the third set on Center Court. That was also the last appearance of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who a few weeks later announced that he had to operate on his right knee again.
The hope is that the Master will be able to return at least for one last catwalk, but there are no guarantees in this regard. In a conversation that appeared on the ITF's YouTube profile, the 40-year-old from Basel revealed a really interesting statistic about the 2021 edition of the Championships.
The Swiss Maestro has lived a decorated career
The Swiss ‘G.O.A.T’ has lived a decorated career. Out of his 20 Grand Slam titles, 8 of them have come on British soil at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Hence, safe to say, he knows a thing or two about the grass court.
Speaking to Shingo and Reid in a visual setting, both of whom are preparing for the Paralympics, Roger Federer had some advice to offer. Notably, he also revealed a lesser-known fact from this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
Roger said, “Yeah, I mean, me personally, I think if you’re obviously struggling to use your defense skills more on the grass court, then I think the best defense is going into offense. Now, offense obviously means taking more risk and taking into consideration more mistakes.
Back in the day, 20 30 years ago, we always said to hit a volley is better than to hit a passing shot. Now with the grass, it changed and made it so much easier to play with the baseline that’s why I saw a statistic before the final there was only 4 percent of serve and volley played at Wimbledon this year which is the lowest it’s ever been in the last 20 years which just shows that you can play better from the baseline,” he added.