Roger Federer made a brief return to the tour this year. The Swiss managed to play the meager 13 official matches in 2021, collecting as best results the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. After the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz at the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he suffered a relapse in his right knee (operated twice in 2020).
The 20-time Grand Slam champion went under the knife again, ending a season that had never really taken off prematurely. The 40-year-old from Basel has expressed his desire to return to the field in 2022, but there are no guarantees in this regard.
King Roger was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and it seems almost certain that he will not play in the early part of 2022. Federer has dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017 and is expected to close in 2021 around 18th plaza.
ATP ranking. In the course of a recent interview on the 'Estadao' portal, the well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey expressed serious doubts about the future of the Swiss master.
Clarey on Roger Federer's return
Clarey recently gave his perspective on Roger Federer‘s retirement.
In an interview when asked, “When will Federer retire?” The Journalist replied, “I don’t believe he will return to the circuit (after another knee surgery). It’s a guess. I believe he will realize, during his rehabilitation process, that time has changed.
The new guys arrived. He has a lot to do in his life. At 40, what else will you conquer on the circuit?” Fans of the Swiss Maestro have been desperately awaiting to see if a returning Federer can match his previous levels.
Clarey poured cold water on those dreams as he continued,” He may even come back, but it will be a slow and difficult comeback. I don’t think he can win more Grand Slam tournaments. And I think you won’t be happy if you don’t have a chance of winning these tournaments”.
Roger Federer celebrated his 40th birthday on August 8, and the Swiss received thousands of wishes from his fans. Barilla, one of Federer's sponsors, collected every single message posted by Federer's fans on social media.
With the help of calligrapher Seb Lester, Barilla created a unique and immersive experience on their website, showcasing every single one of those wishes. In a tweet accompanying a small video clip showing off their creation, Barilla said that they wanted to create a "bigger greeting card" for Federer.