Roger Federer hasn't particularly shone since his return to the circuit last March. It became clear from the start that the Swiss veteran was far from 100% of the condition, despite the stop of over a year and the two interventions he had undergone in 2020.
The former world number 1 was unable to go further the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarters at Wimbledon, where he was swept away by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. A knee relapse prevented him from competing in his last Olympics, thus having to give up the dream of wearing the coveted gold medal in singles around his neck.
The 40-year-old from Basel has undergone a new operation on his right knee and has already begun rehabilitation with an eye to 2022. His countless followers hope that King Roger can at least indulge in a finale worthy of his extraordinary career.
In a recent interview with Eurosport, former ATP No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko - who retired from tennis in 2014 - said he was skeptical about seeing Federer at the highest level.
Davydenko opens up on Federer
"Roger Federer has already done everything, reached such heights," Davydenko said.
"He is trying to prove to himself or to someone that he can still win something at the age of 40. But I don’t know what kind of medicines - and medicines are needed for the body to support it and at 40 to be like at 20."
Nikolay Davydenko, who himself struggled with injuries at the back end of his career, also commented on the toll that Roger Federer's body has taken through the years of tennis he has played. "The difference is big, the body is exhausted, he played so much, moved so much," the Russian said.
"To do this at 40, you cannot win purely by tennis alone. A couple of years ago I met with him in Shanghai," Davydenko said. "I asked: 'What is holding your back?' He says: 'Thank God, physics still withstands.
The body is trying, if not for the fitness trainer, I would have broken down long ago.' " After witnessing some incredible tennis at the US Open 2021, it’s time to watch some exciting stuff at the Laver Cup 2021.
The fourth edition of the tournament will be kicking off from today and fans are looking forward to seeing some spectacular matches at the tournament. Team Europe can face some really tough competition from Team World which will be led by American legend, Joh McEnroe.
The team has a lot of star players including the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nick Kyrgios, Reilly Opelka, and others.