Roger Federer has inspired millions of people around the world, including colleagues from other disciplines. The longevity of the Swiss champion has few equals in the history of sport, combined with a competitiveness that has made him an absolute icon both on and off the pitch.
To be sure, the last two seasons have been very complicated for the former ATP number 1. Knee problems prevented him from playing regularly, forcing him to three operations in the last year and a half. The 20-time Grand Slam champion tried to return in 2021, but his precarious physical condition limited him to just 13 official matches.
His last appearance dates back to Wimbledon, when he surrendered in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz even getting a bagel in the third set. The hope of the fans is that the 40-year-old from Basel will be able to return to action in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, but there are no guarantees in this regard.
In his newly released book, well-known New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey compared King Roger's playing style to that of former Barcelona star (now PSG) Lionel Messi.
Federer often gets compared to the greats of other sports
Recently, Roger Federer was praised by renowned American journalist Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.
He compared the Swiss maestro’s style of play to that of soccer legend, Lionel Messi. Both players display an elegant, flawless style of play. The sports journalist stated, “It’s like Messi playing football.
You watch it and see it’s elegant, graceful. You don’t even have to play tennis to enjoy it”. Players of these qualities can make an individual develop a liking for that sport. Roger Federer entered the 2021 French Open devoid of any real expectations.
The Swiss' only aim was to get some matches under his belt ahead of the grasscourt season and he certainly managed that. His third-round win over Dominik Koepfer was particularly impressive. Federer won an energy-sapping 215-minute-long contest 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-5.
Wimbledon is where Roger Federer registered some of his finest performances of the year. His displays against Richard Gasquet in the second round and Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round showed he still had plenty of top-level tennis in him.
At the Wimbledon Championships, he played well in the first week. Unfortunately, his journey ended in the quarterfinal when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz. Since then, he has not featured and decided to end his season. He needs another surgery and we hope to see him back soon.