Roger Federer had to settle for a marginal role in 2021, having managed to dispute the misery of 13 official matches. The Swiss phenomenon has never managed to express itself at high levels, thanks to the knee pain that has haunted him for two years now.
The former world number 1 did everything possible to show up again at Wimbledon, where in 2019 he had suffered one of the most heinous insults of his entire career. The King arrived in London very far from top form, but reached the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible draw.
His race stopped in front of a wild Hubert Hurkacz, who even handed him a bagel on the Center Court. A few weeks later, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he had to undergo knee surgery for the third time in the past 18 months.
His return to the tour is scheduled for summer 2022, so much so that his presence at Wimbledon is at great risk. In a long interview with 'Tennis Magazin', Alexander Zverev talked about his relationship with Federer.
Zverev opens up on Roger Federer
Despite parting ways with Team 8 in 2021, in a recent interview to Tennis Magazin, Zverev revealed that he still shares a healthy relationship with Roger Federer. He feels that the Swiss Maestro was not responsible for the termination of his deal with the company.
"I have an amazing relationship with Roger, which we will probably have forever. It didn't work that well, when I was under contract with him and Team 8. Roger himself hadn't much to do with it. He's still a tennis player," said Zverev in the interview.
Belinda Bencic’s outstanding year continues as she was named Swiss Sportswoman of the Year on Sunday. She expressed her pride in representing Switzerland and acknowledged Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka for their contributions.
At the Tokyo Olympics 2021, she gracefully won the gold medal in the singles competition, while ending with a silver medal in the doubles event, teaming up with Viktorija Golubic. Following her gold medal win, she became the first Swiss woman to get a gold medal in singles.
In the press conference, she talked about her compatriots and tennis superstars, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. “I don’t feel like I’m the only one that their eyes are on me. I’m very happy and like proud to be kind of holding the Swiss flag up on the tournaments that Roger and Stan [Wawrinka] cannot play,” she said.