Due to Hubert Hurkacz's victory in Indian Wells, which earned him access to the round of 16, Roger Federer dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. The former world number 1 played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, with a budget too meager for a legend of his caliber.
His last official appearance of him dates back to the Wimbledon tournament, where he reached the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible draw. The Swiss phenomenon was clearly beaten by Hurkacz on the Center Court, confirming that he was very far from an acceptable condition.
A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. The 40-year-old from Basel should close the season around 18th position in the ATP ranking, waiting to see if and when he will return to action.
Recently questioned about the moment King Roger is experiencing, John McEnroe - captain of Team World in the Laver Cup - addressed the issue with great clarity.
John McEnroe opens up on Federer
Asked recently about the age of the Swiss, who turned 40 on August 8, John McEnroe had strong words for Roger: “Roger Federer is 40 years old.
I mean, being 40 in tennis is like being 65 in some other job. Either way, Roger will be able to keep his head held high no matter what," Big Mac said. While Novak Djokovic has enjoyed tremendous success on tour this season, it hasn’t been a great year for Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.
Even though Rafa somehow won a Masters 1000 tournament this year, the Swiss Maestro failed to get his hands on any title in 2021. Just like his friend, Rafa, Federer didn’t earn many points at Grand Slams either. He only won 180 points at Grand Slams and accumulated just 45 at the ATP tournaments.
As a result of this, the Swiss Maestro is now out of the list of the top-10 ATP players. It is quite shocking since it is for the first time since January 2017, that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is out of the top-10 ATP rankings.
Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have ended their 2021 season with immediate effect. Will they be able to make an incredible comeback on the court at the Australian Open 2022? Roger Federer had to defend 480 points over the last couple of weeks, from his results at Indian Wells and Shanghai in 2019.