Roger Federer has had to contend with a serious right knee injury in the past two years. 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, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks after the Championships, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be back in action at the end of the summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September).
The Swiss champion had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking. In a lengthy interview with 'Tennis Magazin', Alexander Waske praised Roger's humility both on and off the court.
Waske talks about Roger Federer
"In my eyes, you're the greatest when you're not just successful but have changed the entire game. Roger Federer did that impressively. His elegance and playing style didn't exist before, plus this down-to-earth attitude.
I have the utmost respect for him, not only as a player but also as a person," Waske said. The former doubles World No. 16 revealed that he and the Swiss had to stay in the same house for a few weeks back in 2015, when Waske was part of Tommy Haas' entourage.
"I fondly remember an episode with him at Wimbledon in 2015, when I was coaching Tommy Haas. We sat together in a very large and classy house rented by Tommy's management. A week later, Prince Albert of Monaco was to live there.
No shoes were allowed to be worn inside the house. The children's screams were huge because the two Federer twin girls and Tommy's daughter were playing tag," Waske said. "Roger came down the stairs in his socks and said in a calm tone, 'Girls, please don't be so loud.
Play and have fun, but you don't have to be heard on the first floor.' Any other dad would have said the same thing. It wasn't the multiple Grand Slam champion and multimillionaire who said that but a normal father of two daughters who kindly but clearly stopped the loud screaming," he added.