Despite having played very little in the past two seasons, Roger Federer continues to be an icon around the world. The Swiss phenomenon had to deal with a serious right knee injury, which significantly limited his appearances on the pitch.
Suffice it to say that the former ATP number 1 played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses. After being knocked out by Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the 40-year-old from Basel announced he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at London's O2 Arena in late September). His participation in the 2022 edition of the Championships is highly unlikely, as confirmed by his long-time coach Severin Luthi.
King Roger had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time Majors rankings, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Through his Twitter profile, James Blake recalled his victory against Roger Federer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
James Blake on beating Roger Federer
On Twitter, James Blake happily recalled his only victory in ten games against Roger Federer. It was during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, in the quarter-finals (6-4, 7-6). “So much respect for Roger.
This victory against him (out of 10 attempts) was one of the best days of my career. And doing it with the United States flag on my chest was even more special,” the American posted. "We miss you both," commented a tennis fan.
What the former world number 4 replied with humor: “I think one of us will come back, and the other is old, bald, no longer has backhands or service”. The trio of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, are on the top of the list, staying true to their legendary status.
Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, big three of tennisNovak Djokovic ranks highest on the list as he won all the four Grand Slams in a period of 12 months. Novak Djokovic achieved his Career Slam when he won Roland Garros in 2016.
In the period from July 2015 to June 2016, the Serb won all the four Majors. He defeated Federer in the finals to win Wimbledon and US Open in 2015. Djokovic beat Andy Murray in the finals at the Australian Open and French Open to complete his career slam and in the process, held all the Majors simultaneously.