Roger Federer is a point of reference for many players involved in the ATP circuit. The Swiss phenomenon has been able to remain competitive despite advancing age and the rise of much younger players than him. To tell the truth, the last two seasons have been quite complicated for the Maestro from Basel.
His right knee began to torment him in early 2020, forcing him to undergo two surgeries in no time. The 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to the tour last March, but was never able to express himself at his usual levels.
The former world number 1 racked up just 13 official matches in 2021, with an unexciting tally of nine wins and four defeats. His last appearance dates back to the Wimbledon tournament, where he reached the quarterfinals also benefiting from a not impossible draw.
A few weeks later, King Roger announced that he had to operate on his knee for the third time. At the moment, there is no precise plan for his return to the field. Nikoloz Basilashvili is one of the players who have scalped Federer this 2021.
The Georgian has reassembled him a set in Doha, winning the third after saving a match point. That success helped Nikoloz a lot, who had just returned from a disastrous 2020 from every point of view. Basilashvili has just reached the semifinals at Indian Wells, his first in a Masters 1000.
he will meet local favorite Taylor Fritz for a place in the final. Along the way, the 29-year-old from Tbilisi took away the satisfaction of eliminating Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Basilashvili on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer," Basilashvili said.
"My win against Roger meant a lot to me because he was my idol. He is as for everyone, you know." Basilashvili had lost eight of his 10 matches on tour heading into the 2021 Qatar Open. However, beating Roger Federer seemed to galvanize the Georgian, who went on to lift the title in Doha.
The Georgian then won the Bavarian International while also making the last four at Halle. "I would say Roger's win was very important in my career," said the Georgian. "Beating Stefanos today was, as well, really, really important match."
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is one of the most iconic tournaments on the tennis tour, complete with rich history and scenic beauty. There’s one unique thing about this event that happens nowhere else, the ‘Miss You’ Wall.
Mainly, it is a wall with cardboard cutouts of top players missing the tournament. This year, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, and Ashleigh Barty’s cutouts all featured on the wall.