The best result of 2021, for Roger Federer, came on the grass courts of Wimbledon, where the Swiss Maestro pushed himself to the quarters thanks also to a not impossible draw. 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 Federer 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.
Roger Federer and the incredible statistic of Wimbledon 2021
Federer said about this topic: "When I started playing on grass, my thought was always that the best defense was to go on offense.
An offensive tactic involves taking a greater number of risks, so you have to take into account that more mistakes will come. 20 or 30 years ago, it was always said that it was better to perform a volley than to have to pass by on the grass.
The surface change made it much easier to play from the baseline. Before the final of Wimbledon 2021, I went to consult the statistics and I realized that only 4% of the points had been used in serve and volley. It is the lowest figure in the last 20 years, which shows that today it is better to play from the bottom even on grass."
Fans around the world were in a frenzy when Roger Federer rejoined the ATP Tour 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.