Roger Federer misses the fans and other players a lot. Recently, Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that he misses the King in the various tournaments around the circuit. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the Swiss phenomenon, forced to deal with a serious injury to his right knee.
Suffice it to say that the 20-time Grand Slam champion played just 13 official matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses. The 40-year-old from Basel went all the way to the quarterfinals on the grass at Wimbledon, but could do nothing against a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The Pole has taken off the whim of feeding him a bagel on the Center Court, demonstrating a Federer far from top form. A few weeks later, the Master announced that he had suffered a relapse and had to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will return to the Laver Cup, before competing in the ATP in Basel. In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou analyzed one of the trademarks of Roger's game, namely the backhand in slices.
Mouratoglou on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer was doing this unbelievable. All the time. He was hitting it here, so the players had to come in. There was no other option. The players were in the worst possible position on the tennis court.
What do they do?" Patrick Mouratoglou says in the Instagram post. Roger Federer stepped out of the circuit after his quarterfinals dismissal from the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. The 20 times Grand Slam champion who returned after undergoing surgery for his knee just four tournaments earlier struggled with the same again.
Federer recently spoke about what keeps players such as him and 23 times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams motivated. Especially when an injury has them in its grip for way too long and people are ready to bite off their mental peace.
He said, “You would think that Serena and I have found ways to keep ourselves happy, motivated and entertained, not let the negatives dominate our daily struggles”. In addition, the former World No.1s have locked horns once earlier.
Federer paired with Belinda Bencic met Williams paired with Frances Tiafoe in the historic mixed doubles match of Hopman Cup in 2019. The Swiss Maestro has been one of the greatest players in Wimbledon’s history. His first Grand Slam title came at this very tournament in 2003. He defeated Mark Philippoussis in the summit clash of that tournament to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title.