Roger Federer missed the season's opening Major in Melbourne for the second straight year due to a knee injury. On Monday, the Swiss legend lost his points from 2020 Australian Open and dropped down through the ATP rankings to barely remain in the top-30.
Roger has been ranked inside the top-30 since October 2000. However, that streak will soon come to its end, as he still can not compete following the third knee surgery he underwent last summer. The 20-time Major winner has played only 19 matches since the start of 2020, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing three surgeries within a year and a half.
Federer is back at the gym and probably on the practice court, working on his physical strength and hoping to compete again in the second part of the season. Roger lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open semi-final and underwent two surgeries in February and May.
Roger Federer lost 13 poisitons on Monday's ATP ranking list.
The Swiss returned to the court in March 2021, reaching the quarter-final in Doha and securing three wins at Roland Garros. Saving his knee for the grass season, Roger withdrew from Paris and entered Halle.
He experienced the earliest exit ever at this event to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and switched focus to Wimbledon. An eight-time champion stopped the clock and advanced into the quarter-final as the oldest player at the All England Club in the Open era.
Hoping to reach the last four and remain on the title course, Federer suffered a massive 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes. The Pole became the second player who bageled Roger at Majors after Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Roland Garros final.
The Swiss left with nothing in the tank after a tight second set that could have gone to his side. Making too many errors and struggling with the positioning, Roger did not look good on the court in the first and third sets.
Hurkacz closed the encounter with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors, earning five breaks from 15 opportunities and staying focused when it mattered the most to advance into the first Major semi-final. Federer underwent the third knee surgery a couple of weeks later and called it a season, starting another recovery process and hoping to return to action at some point this summer.