Roger Federer's return to the circuit did not produce the desired results. The former world number 1 seemed very far from an acceptable condition, as well as having to deal with increasingly younger and more aggressive rivals.
The Swiss phenomenon returned to the field last March after more than a year of absence, but unfortunately the miracle of 2017 was not replicated. The 40-year-old from Basel managed to play the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, with a unsatisfactory balance of nine wins and four defeats.
His best result came in Wimbledon, where he pushed himself to the quarters also taking advantage of a not impossible draw. After the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz at Center Court, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has announced that he will have to operate on his right knee again.
King Roger was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and his statements were not imbued with optimism. The hope of the fans is to see him again in 2022 at least for a final catwalk. The Swiss should end the season around 18th position in the ATP ranking.
In a recent interview with the 'Tennis365' portal, New York Times correspondent Christoper Clarey examined Federer's relationship with the media.
Clarey talks about Federer
"Roger Federer really grasped early on that he needed to have a good connection with those who reported on him.
You can see that he has that with the Swiss press who have followed him throughout his career and they have a good human connection with him. For me, he has always been very good to deal with and when he sits down with the media, he does the job properly" - Clarey stated.
He also reflected on the GOAT debate: "While it’s hard to compare players from different eras to the current group of players, we can compare players competing now and it is an interesting debate. Does it come down to their performance and achievement on the court or is also about what they have brought to the sport? In that situation and with a wider lens, Roger’s argument is gets stronger as he has had.
A huge impact with fans and people outside of the sport of tennis. I won’t make a call on who the greatest of all time, but Novak will win that debate on pure results." Roger Federer is currently ranked No. 9 in the world but will move to the 10th spot after the completion of the Indian Wells Masters. Casper Ruud, who currently occupies the 10th spot, will displace Federer from the 9th spot.