For the past two seasons, Roger Federer has been limited by a serious right knee problem. After reaching the semifinal at the 2020 Australian Open, a real ordeal has begun for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Suffice it to say that the King 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 failed to save a year well below expectations. A few weeks after the Championships, 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 Swiss phenomenon hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September). A few days ago, Roger's presence at the ATP in Basel was confirmed.
The 40-year-old Swiss 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 rankings. In an interview given during the 'BMW Open', Casper Ruud was asked to choose between Nadal's forehand and Federer's volley.
Ruud opens up on Roger Federer
"I think Rafael Nadal's forehand has been maybe giving him more titles than Roger Federer's volley. So, I would maybe say Rafa's forehand even though Roger Federer's volley is so perfect in a way," the Norwegian said.
According to Christopher Clarey, Federer believes he can win another Major after coming so close at 2019 Wimbledon. For reference, the Swiss had two championship points against Novak Djokovic in the final but ended up losing in a deciding-set tie-break at 12-12.
"When Roger was last healthy, he was only one point away from winning Wimbledon – one point! I think he expects to have another good chance. Sure, on paper it didn't look bad in 2021, he was in the quarterfinals at the age of 39," Clarey said.
Personally, I don't think he'll get any further than before, I think there are too many players in the way. But why should Roger think so?" Meanwhile, during his visit to Malawi, He made an announcement to invest around $18 million in the Dowa DAPP Training Center.
This investment will mainly focus on the infrastructure for the early education of children in this country. The Swiss tennis star also talked about investing more in the future, as he showed his commitment to the development of children’s education.