The last two seasons have been particularly difficult for Roger Federer. The Swiss player's appearances on the pitch were reduced to a flicker by a serious right knee injury. Suffice it to say that the 20-time Grand Slam champion played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins and four losses.
Despite being very far from top condition, the 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon thanks to a not impossible draw. His run ended abruptly in the quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz, who even handed him a bagel on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The King hopes to return to the pitch this summer, but his presence at the Championships is highly doubtful.
On ABC News, Nick Kyrgios praised Roger Federer's greatness, but made it clear that he didn't want to be like him. The Australian has just returned from triumph at the Australian Open in doubles.
Kyrgios talks about Roger Federer
"I feel like I've definitely had a rough, you know, some up and downs with the Australian public," Kyrgios said.
"But to be honest, I look at myself in the mirror every day, and I know that I'm comfortable in my own skin. I don't really care if I don't win a Grand Slam [in singles] one day, or I don't want to be like Roger Federer or something like that.
But now, I honestly don't care how I'm perceived because I know deep down, and the people around me know, that I'm a caring person. I'm always myself." Roger Federer has beaten Nick Kyrgios in six of the pair's seven career meetings to date.
The Australian defeated the legendary Swiss 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(12) in the pair's first match in a thrilling clash at the Madrid Masters in 2015. The second encounter was another epic, with Federer edging Kyrgios 7-6(9), 6-7(9), 7-6(5) in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.
The 20-time Major winner also won their three clashes at the Laver Cup from 2017-2019. When Gaudenzi was asked for his opinion with regards to Federer’s return, he evaded talking about specific dates and tournaments. “Roger is over 40 years old.
Every match he plays from now on will be a gift for us. We obviously can’t wait for him to be on the tour again, but he is taking his time after the operations he has undergone. We cross fingers,” he said.