Roger Federer: 'My experience in Doha illustrated to me that...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5061
Fans around the world are hoping to see Roger Federer back on the ATP circuit. The past two years have been quite complicated for the Swiss legend, who had to deal with a serious right knee injury. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, definitely too little for a champion of his caliber. After losing sharply to Hubert Hurkacz at the Championships, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time.
The 40-year-old from Basel is still struggling with rehabilitation and will not be back in action until the end of summer/early autumn. The Laver Cup could be the ideal venue for his return, but it is still too early to say no.
Despite the many difficulties encountered in the recent period, the 40-year-old from Basel has not lost his proverbial optimism.
Federer has a huge fan following
“After many months of battling my injuries, my return to the circuit in March, after my first operation, motivated me to continue my tennis career.
I am grateful for all the minutes I have been able to spend with my fans and this tennis family on the court. My experience in Doha illustrated for me that my journey as an athlete was not over yet. The progress I am making every day reinforces the idea that one day I will be strong and healthy enough to return to the tennis court at the highest level" - Roger Federer said.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion also elaborated on how it was extremely special to celebrate his 40th birthday with his family, friends and his team. He said that they have been by his side throughout his professional career, and has helped him become the player and person he is.
Roger Federer has the highest number of wins among active players with 1251. The Swiss notched up his 700th win by beating Julian Reister in the third round of the French Open in 2010. Federer registered the 1000th victory of his career by beating Milos Raonic in the final of the 2015 Brisbane International.
He currently has the second-most wins of any player in the Open Era, trailing only Jimmy Connors. Nadal has enjoyed a stellar career with 1043 wins to his name so far. His career-win percentage of 83.31% is the highest for any player with 400 or more wins.