During an interview with BeIN Sports, Fabrice Santoro talked about Roger Federer's absence from Wimbledon 2022. The Frenchman said: "Without Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic is the big favorite for the win at Wimbledon.
I didn't think Rafael Nadal would play in London, especially after the huge effort he made at Roland Garros less than a month ago. The fact of having won the first two Slams of the season and the dream of being able to realize the Calendar Grand Slam convinced him to give it a try.
The absence of Federer, combined with those of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, led him to believe that he could have a chance this year. We all regret that Federer is not there, but we hope to see him again next year.
As for Nadal, it will be necessary to see how his foot is. He has a fairly difficult draw." Over the past two years, the Swiss has had to take a number of hard blows. Nadal surpassed him in the all-time Grand Slam standings, while Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
Roger's come back
Roger Federer is still struggling with rehabilitation after undergoing yet another surgery on his right knee. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the Swiss champion, unable to play as and as much as he would have liked.
Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four defeats. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks after the Championships, the King announced that he had to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months. Despite his age and lengthy rehabilitation, the 40-year-old from Basel has never abandoned the desire to return to the field.
He is expected to return to the Laver Cup, which will be staged at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. The Maestro will also take part in the Basel ATP in the autumn.