Roger Federer didn't have a big comeback this time around, having had to settle for a marginal role. Since he returned to the tour last March, the Swiss phenomenon has played the misery of 13 official matches (totaling nine wins and four defeats).
The quarter-finals at Wimbledon were his best result of the season, which was marred by the blow he suffered against Hubert Hurkacz at the most famous Central in the world. The former ATP number 1 dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee relapse, which forced him to go under the knife for the third time in the last year and a half.
The hopes of seeing the Master return to high levels are lower and lower and - at the moment - there is no precise plan for his return. Meanwhile, the 40-year-old from Basel slipped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017.
Many are looking forward to knowing which tournaments he will play in 2022. Among them is Zeljko Franulovic, director of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.
Federer enjoys love and admiration of millions of fans
“I’m certain that he (Roger Federer) will give everything he has to be able to stage another comeback on the tour, no one knows where he’ll play," Franulovic said.
"However, I think that on the clay he should opt for best-of-three events like Monte-Carlo and Rome rather than the French Open. We hope to convince him to play." There is no doubt in saying that Roger Federer enjoys love and admiration of millions of fans across the globe.
The Swiss star has also been the recipient of several accolades on the ATP tour as well as from the Switzerland government. Adding to the list of such honours, a special tram has been named in the honor of Roger Federer in his hometown, Basel.
Different aspects of Federer’s professional tennis career were part of the tram as the Swiss Maestro got himself a special throwback of his achievements on the tennis tour so far. The former World No.1 played only a handful of matches this year and a possibly glorious comeback at Wimbledon was hampered by the young Polish talent Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
Federer not just suffered a defeat but got himself a bagel in the third set as Hurkacz steered past the Swiss emphatically. With Novak Djokovic in top form at slams followed by the rise of youngsters like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and others, it would be incredibly difficult for the Swiss Maestro to get his hands on yet another major title.