Chris Clarey: "Roger Federer became popular with great defeats"

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Chris Clarey: "Roger Federer became popular with great defeats"

Christopher Clarey came back to talk about Roger Federer, underlining, during an interview with RTBF, how the great defeats have increased the popularity of the Swiss Maestro. Clarey analyzed: "If we compare Roger Federer's numbers with those of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the Swiss is not in the lead.

In purely statistical terms, including the head-to-head balance sheet, it is Rafa and Nole who lead. Djokovic is ahead 27-23 in the direct clashes with Roger, while Nadal is 24-16 in the previous matches with Federer. If we shift our attention to Federer's image, to everything he has brought to this sport and to the emotions he has conveyed for 20 years, then the situation changes.

Nobody comes close to Roger in these special rankings. Federer is clearly one of the best tennis players ever, but at the same time he is also a big loser. He has had to deal with many painful defeats over the course of his long career.

In some ways, those moments helped to further increase his popularity. People were also able to see the more human side of him."

Federer at hte Laver Cup and Basel

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. Roger 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. We recall 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 seasonal results, before a knee relapse forced him to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months.