Appearing in the latest edition of the Match Point Canada podcast, Belinda Bencic spoke at length about her illustrious countryman Roger Federer. She said: "Roger Federer has been given up several times in the last few years, but he's always come back in style.
We are talking about one of the best athletes of any era." "I really hope that he will be healthy again and that he will give himself other joys before the retreat. The world of tennis needs a phenomenon like him to move forward," added the winner of the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The King also received a beautiful tribute from Nikolay Davydenko: "Roger is the best player of my time, at least in my opinion. He has proven to have unique characteristics and has taken tennis to a new dimension. I think, if he can get back in good shape, he could still give Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas a hard time in the Grand Slams.
I think Federer is the GOAT ahead of Djokovic, Nadal and Murray. The Scotsman is far behind, having won far fewer Grand Slam titles." Fans who had expected Roger Federer to return in style in 2021 were disappointed. The Swiss champion played the misery of 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four defeats.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a very modest tally for a legend of his caliber. A few days after the elimination in the quarterfinals of the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has recently resumed training, but to see him again on the tour will have to wait until the summer. His presence in London is in strong doubt, as Roger himself admitted some time ago. As if that weren't enough, the 40-year-old from Basel had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017.