Former American tennis star James Blake jokingly said to this day he is still feeling shocked by some of the things he witnessed Roger Federer do on the court. Ahead of the US Open, a fan posted Federer's highlight reel from Flushing Meadows.
When Federer and Blake met at the US Open, the Swiss pulled off a stunning drop shot winner from return. "You look shocked," a fan wrote to Blake.
Blake responded by saying: "I’m still shocked by some of the things he did."
I’m still shocked by some of the things he did — James Blake (@JRBlake) July 23, 2022
Federer and Blake clashed 11 times
Blake, a former world No.
4, didn't really have much success versus Federer, losing 10 of their 11 matches. Blake, 42, retired from tennis in 2013, while Federer is still listed as active player. For the first time in the 21st century, Wimbledon was held without Federer participating.
Still, Federer was at Wimbledon as he participated in the special ceremony that took place regarding the Centre Court's 100th anniversary. Federer was visibly emotional during his speech at Wimbledon and he admitted he would like to play Wimbledon for at least one more time before he retires.
“It feels very strange to me not to play Wimbledon this year and to watch it on TV,” Federer said. “I’ve been there every time since 1998”. Federer, 40, hasn't played much over the last two and a half years because of knee problems.
Federer has had three knee surgeries since 2020 and he has been spending a lot of time at home. “It is a time of more rest,” Federer said. “I’ve been on the road for so long that it was also nice to experience a little more calm and to be in one place more often, which already happened due to the coronavirus.
It gave me the opportunity to be selective in figuring out my travels, to give something back. Many friends always came to see me now”. Federer is expected to return to action at the Laver Cup in late September.