Roger Federer wants to treat himself to one last round of the merry-go-round before hanging up his racket. The former world number 1 has struggled a lot to find the right continuity in the last two years, thanks to a serious injury to his right knee.
Suffice it to say that the Swiss champion played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics were his big seasonal goals, but the King was too far from the best shape to be able to increase his showcase.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at the Championships were his best results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent knee surgery for the third time in 18 months, hopes to return in late summer or early autumn.
For the moment, his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been confirmed. On the microphones of 'AS', Tommy Robredo - who has just retired from tennis - spent fine words for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Robredo praises Roger Federer
"When I started in the Grand Slam, if you were eliminated in the first round you won 6,000 euros and now it's 60,000. All this is thanks to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Thanks to Rafa, there are also big tournaments or big sponsors who come to Spain.
Without him, I might have won a few more matches, but I wouldn't have had the same life. Today I'm calm, I know I gave myself one hundred percent, and that's the most important thing" - Tommy Robredo stated.
Following his loss to Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Rome, Nadal opened up on his foot injury. He talked about how his injury has been a constant barrier for him since 2005 when it was first detected. On a number of occasions in his career, the former World No.
1 has reached the peak point, but hasn’t been able to maintain it due to the Mueller-Weiss Syndrome. Rafael Nadal kicked off his year on an extremely high note. However, a rib injury forced the Spanish sensation to be out of the tour for a month.
This resulted in a delay in his clay-court campaign. After missing out on Monte Carlo and Barcelona, the Spaniard started off his clay-court campaign in Madrid, where he suffered a quarterfinal loss and now in Rome with a third-round loss.