Roger Federer has struggled a lot over the past two seasons. A severe right knee injury kept him in the pits for a long time, fueling the specter of retirement and preventing the King from playing when he wished. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best results of the season, before a knee relapse forced him to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected 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).
Over the past two years, the 40-year-old from Basel has had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors, while Novak Djokovic wrested his record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. In a recent interview with 'RTBF', Christopher Clarey spoke at length about the legacy of the Swiss phenomenon.
Clarey on Roger Federer
"If we look at his time with Djokovic and Nadal as a whole, I don't think it's Roger Federer who is ahead. In terms of statistics and pure results and head-to-heads, they're the ones leading.
Djokovic leads with 27 victories against 23 for Federer, and Nadal 24 against 16," Clarey said. "But if we start globally from the image of Roger, from all that he brought to the game and from all emotions conveyed for 20 years, it is in my opinion tighter," Clarey added.
The Swiss maestro is away from the tour since July 2021. He suffered a knee injury after his quarterfinal defeat against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon. Outlining Federer’s comeback plans, Tony Godsick said, “He’s exactly where he wants to be but unfortunately it takes time.
He’s going to play Laver Cup and Swiss Indoors. I don’t want to be the doctor but what I hope for him is to able to have a great rehab this summer, play some in the fall and give a nice shot at 2023, and then see what happens.
I haven’t talked to him about that”. Further, he said, “Could he add a tournament before then? Maybe yes but more likely after that. He doesn’t want to commit to anything too soon before having to pull out.
But the Laver Cup is enough time that, if all goes well with rehab events, he can get back for. I think he’d like another Wimbledon. That place has been incredibly special to him”.