Roger Federer: "I advised Mirka to stop playing"

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Roger Federer: "I advised Mirka to stop playing"

Roger Federer's 2021 was far from expectations. The former world number 1 has played just 13 official matches this season, racking up nine wins and four losses. His last appearance dates back to Wimbledon, where he succumbed sharply to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

A relapse in his right knee forced the Swiss to undergo surgery for the third time in the last year and a half. Although there is no precise plan for his return to the tour, the 40-year-old from Basel has expressed his willingness to treat himself to one last ride of the carousel.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017 and his presence at the Australian Open 2022 seems unlikely. The feeling is that the King will try to get in shape for Wimbledon, the tournament he has the most chance to finish.

At bottom. During a recent interview with Ringier, Federer spoke extensively about his wife Mirka. The two met at the Sydney Olympics and then joined forces at the 2002 Hopman Cup. Mirka, who achieved a best ranking of WTA number 76, was forced to retire at 24 due to injuries.

Federer talks about his wife Mirka

Roger explained: "My wife Mirka has suffered a lot due to her physical problems. Her career ended very early and I myself advised her to end that pain. I told her as if it were the simplest thing in the world.

Looking back on it today, I get a weird feeling. I am still playing tournaments at 40-year-old and I find it difficult to stop." Roger revealed a funny anecdote about Mirka: "She Once she phoned me while I was in the middle of a game.

She had completely forgotten that I was playing. This is exactly what I like about her: when we are in a tournament, she is 100% involved, while at home she is free from all thoughts." A tram dedicated to the Swiss legend was recently inaugurated in Basel. Federer indulged in some photos and walked without crutches.