The young Italian talent, Jannik Sinner, is just a few points away from surpassing the 'King', Roger Federer, one of the great legends of the sport, the Swiss champion Roger Federer. Jannik is only 20 years old, Federer is twice as old and technically could be the father of his very young colleague, but what is now clear is the ranking.
As of next Monday Roger Federer will officially leave the world Top Ten, a ranking that has seen him as a protagonist for twenty years and now he will come out of the world top ten. On his side, Jannik could already overtake him this week in Indian Wells and would have practically caught up with him in the event of a win over American Taylor Fritz.
The South Tyrolean native's path in the American desert, however, came to a halt against his hometown idol in the round of 16, which also reduced the chances of the ATP Finals. In the last year and a half Roger Federer has played very few matches and technically without a frozen ranking he already had to be outside the Top 10 for some time, the Swiss (like others) has benefited from this stop and only in a few days will he remain outside of what represents the top of the world rankings.
The physical problems remain considerable and, after another knee operation, the date of the Swiss return is unknown. On the other hand, Sinner should play still other tournaments at this stage of the season (he is still in the running for the ATP Finals) and therefore the 175 points that currently separate them from the Swiss are far from impossible to reach.
Haas reflects on Roger Federer
Tommy Haas believes that while Roger Federer is satisfied with the career he has had thus far, the Swiss still has a burning desire to make another comeback on tour and retire on his own terms.
“We saw at Wimbledon that he was a little bit injured, he wasn’t moving as well as usual," Tommy Haas said in an interview with L'Equipe. "But he’s going to make every effort to come back. I’m 100 per cent sure that the goal is Wimbledon.
It’s his best surface to go far again, again." The German pointed out that the Swiss is still "hungry" for success and wants the luxury of ending his illustrious career on his own terms. “He’s happy,” Haas added.
“He has no reason not to be. He knows that, there’s a lot of gratitude in him. He loves life. But he’s still hungry. He still hopes he can come back. He wants to stop when he wants to, to decide when it’s time to say you don’t like it anymore (because) you lose too much”.