Roger Federer was able to play the pittance of 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. There were great expectations when the King returned to the pitch last March in Doha, but it seemed clear right away that the Swiss was light years away from an acceptable condition.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best results this year, too little for a legend of his caliber. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had to give up the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee relapse and - on the evening of August 15 - announced the need for a new surgery.
The former world number 1 was seen walking on crutches at the Laver Cup and there is no specific plan for his return to the tour. The hope of the 40-year-old from Basel is to be able to allow himself one last catwalk in 2022.
In a recent interview granted to 'La Nacion', Leonardo Mayer dwelt at length on Roger Federer. The Argentine tennis player - former ATP number 21 - retired from competitive activity a few months ago.
Federer ended his season after Wimbledon
Of those three is the one you (Journalist Sebastian Torok like the most," Mayer said. "Roger Federer is for me. He does everything right." Leonardo Mayer also spoke on the topic of mental health issues faced by players in today's game.
He pointed out that athletes are expected to behave more like "robots" than human beings. "Many times the tennis player, from what the environment is like, has to be a machine and a robot, but we are human beings," Mayer explained.
"I like to come here and, I don't know..., eat a pacifier, a cake, because we are normal. In tennis you enter a bubble and a very high and very fast life speed. Some endure it longer, it depends on personality," Mayer added.
"The case of Federer, 40 years old, is not incredible for how he plays, but for having endured so many years playing like this," he continued. "They are years and years in the maelstrom, in that pressure and they go on and on.
I assure you that he, Nadal and Djokovic felt bad, but they have a facility or a gift to go out." Coming on to tennis, Federer ended his season after the Wimbledon loss. He released a statement in which he revealed that he would be missing tennis for a while after being required to undergo third knee surgery in 12 months.