Roger Federer suffered more than expected in 2021, almost never being able to express his true tennis. His season ended after Wimbledon, with an unexciting record of nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 reached at Roland Garros had given good hope, but at Wimbledon all the difficulties of the 20-time Grand Slam champion emerged once again.
Clearly crippled, the former world number 1 surrendered in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. After losing the first set, the King went 4-1 in the second half thanks to a surgical break. The favorable moment did not last long, as the Pole recovered and won the tiebreak.
The third part was a nightmare for the Swiss phenomenon, forced to collect a very heavy bagel amid general dismay. During a long interview with 'Tribune de Geneve', the 40-year-old from Basel revealed the sensations he felt during the 2021 edition of the Championships.
Federer suffered more than expected in 2021
"What would have happened if I had won the tiebreak of the second set against Hurkacz? When you're battered, you cling on to everything: your past victories, your experience on grass," Roger Federer said.
The 40-year-old also highlighted the fact that he was hardly able to defend at all during his Wimbledon campaign owing to his injury. "In retrospect, I realized that I had won almost no point at Wimbledon when I had had to defend myself," Federer pointed out.
"But yes, Wimbledon confirmed to me that despite my limitations, I could still play at a high level. And considering how far I've come, I just have to try again," Federer said. Roger Federer recently shared some heavy news with fans about his tennis return in 2022.
The Swiss maestro said that he would not start his tennis training before March and April next year, meaning he would miss the Australian Open. In addition to that, his Wimbledon 2022 participation also remains under doubt.
For this, Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic has tried to settle the fans down with some good news. “I can guarantee you that with Roger, you can rest assured that what he says is what he is,” Ljubicic said. “He says things as they are, every now and then he avoids making certain details public, at other times, as in this case, he tells everything instead.
At the moment, he is in a rehabilitation phase, as he said. In January, we will start with the physical part – while with tennis, we will see how things progress. Far in this moment that we cannot hypothesize a date,” Federer’s coach added.