Roger Federer recently confirmed that he will not take part in the Australian Open 2022, news that has surprised neither fans nor insiders. The Swiss phenomenon has also questioned his presence at Wimbledon, which has aroused enormous concern given that there are still many months to go until the Championships.
The former world number 1 played just 13 competitive matches this year, racking up nine wins against four defeats. His best result came right on the grass in London, where he pushed himself to the quarters thanks to a not impossible draw.
A few weeks after the clear defeat against Hurkacz, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee again due to a relapse. The 40-year-old from Basel said that he will be able to return to racing at the beginning of 2022, while to get his racket back in his hand he will have to wait until spring.
We will hardly see him again on the ATP circuit before summer 2022. During an interview with 'Télégramme', former ATP number 21 Michael Llodra recalled the beginnings of King Roger's career.
Llodra opens up on Roger Federer
"I had the chance to face him (Roger Federer) several times.
We are a year apart, I've known him since I was 12," Llodra told Telegram. "We grew up together." Llodra revealed that when the pair used to play together in their younger days, he did not think Federer would grow up to become one of the most successful players in the history of the game.
"I didn't think he would have such a monstrous career. He was a very good player, we could see that he had facilities, but from there it was hard to predict that he was going to become one of the greatest players of all time," he said.
"He had flashes but he was a bit nervous and had ups and downs. As soon as he managed to sort it out, he became a whole different player," he added. "He has such ease, and all his shots are perfect." In a recent interview with an Italian news channel, Federer highlighted that he misses playing tennis on the traditional hard courts which were a lot slower.
He mentioned that the US Open along with the ATP Finals offered some quite fast hard courts this year. “I heard also the US Open was fast, I’m hearing the Tour Finals is fast, so I’m missing out,” said Federer in the interview.