Despite having struggled a lot over the past two seasons, Roger Federer continues to be a source of inspiration for other players. The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins against four defeats.
The Swiss had staked everything on Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals benefiting from a not impossible draw. The peremptory surrender against Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court left bad feelings in the mind of the King, who seemed very far from an acceptable condition.
A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the past 18 months. The 40-year-old from Basel, who dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, is expected to return to the pitch in summer 2022.
The Maestro confided that his presence at Wimbledon is quite unlikely, as he will not be able to train with the racket until in March-April. Fans are hoping Federer will be able to treat himself to one last ride before retiring.
During the Davis Cup Finals, Richard Gasquet analyzed Roger's extraordinary importance to the growth of tennis in general.
Gasquet pays tribute to Roger Federer
Most people are aware of the greatness and how big a genius Messi is.
The manner in which he plays football is in a similar way to how Roger Federer conducts himself on a tennis court. Praising Federer, the Frenchman stated, “This is not about Grand Slam titles. Roger Federer is by far the best.
It has no equal in history. He is Lionel Messi of tennis”. Coming to tennis, Federer and Gasquet have faced each other several times over the years. The tie has been dominated by the 40-year-old player from Basel. Roger has won 19 matches and Richard has managed to win just two matches.
They faced each other most recently at the Wimbledon Championships, which was won by the 20-time Grand Slam winner. This year, the 34-year-old broke Roger Federer's record of most weeks as World No. 1 (310 weeks). He also claimed sole ownership of the record for most year-end No.
1 finishes. Given Federer's age and recent injury concerns, not many would bet on him to add more trophies to his cabinet. Djokovic, on the other hand, is primed to win at least a couple more Majors given that he is still close to his best.
Rafael Nadal, like Roger Federer, has had injury concerns of his own. But the Mallorcan is always a heavy favorite on the red dirt of Roland Garros, so even he is expected to cross the Swiss' Slam tally.