Roger Federer's 2021 was marked by far more shadows than lights. The former world number 1 was unable to express himself at his usual levels, still suffering from the knee problems that have plagued him in the last two seasons.
Suffice it to say that the Swiss champion has played just 13 official matches this year, collecting nine wins and four defeats. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, too little for a legend of his caliber.
King Roger had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. The 40-year-old from Basel has undergone his third knee surgery in the last 18 months and will not return to the tour until summer 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is therefore a strong risk.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion remedied his most painful defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Center Court. The Pole highlighted the current difficulties of the Swiss by winning with a clear 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0 in the quarterfinals. During the latest episode of 'ATP Tennis Radio Podcast', Craig Boynton - coach of Hurkacz - recalled the extraordinary feat of his protégé against Federer.
Federer will miss the upcoming Australian Open 2022
"I told him what's coming with that match against Roger Federer like this is what's coming," Boynton said. "I mean, you're not gonna be able to hear yourself.
The whole world doesn't want to watch Roger lose." Boyton further recalled Hukracz's own reaction to the win and the overall atmosphere, joking that even the Pole was surprised at how "loud" the crowd in the stadium was during the encounter.
"And then he says to me, after the match, CB did you hear how loud it was," Boynton said. "And I thought, do you not listen to anything I say before the match? No I mean, I said, like this is what its going to be like," he reasserted.
"But I knew that until he's experience it for himself, that, he's not gonna be able to own it." Roger Federer is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Apart from the statistical records, Federer is also actively involved in numerous philanthropic activities.
The Swiss Maestro is the founder of the Roger Federer F., which aims at providing a suitable education to underprivileged children, and claims to have reached almost two million children. The six-time Australian Open champion, Federer, will sadly miss the upcoming Australian Open 2022.
Just a few weeks ago, Federer confirmed this news, as he’s still not fully recovered from his knee injury. The Maestro last competed on the ATP Tour at Wimbledon 2021. Federer lost against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of the competition.