The season's last Major event is up and running in New York, and five-time winner Roger Federer was not in the draw. The Swiss missed the US Open and the entire season before it, failing to play a match at Majors for the first time since 1998!
Federer made his Major debut at Roland Garros 1999, kicking off his journey on the most notable scene and remaining competitive for two decades. Federer remained competitive for two decades and finished the 2019 season inside the top-3 after Masters 1000 crown and the Wimbledon final.
Still, Roger could not keep the same pace in 2020 after experiencing a knee injury that has ruined his last two and a half years. Federer underwent three surgeries while playing only six tournaments in the past three seasons.
Despite all the setbacks, the Swiss is eager to extend his career, and he works hard on his physical shape ahead of a possible comeback at the Laver Cup in September.
Roger Federer did not play at Majors for the first time since 1998.
Roger underwent two knee surgeries following the 2020 Australian Open semi-final and skipped the rest of the year.
He returned in March last year in Doha and played three matches ahead of Roland Garros. Roger found his form again and scored three victories in Paris. Happy with his progress, Federer withdrew ahead of the Matteo Berrettini clash to preserve his knee for the beloved grass season.
Roger experienced his earliest Halle exit, falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and hoping for a better run at Wimbledon. The veteran stopped the clock during his 22nd appearance at the All England Club. An eight-time champion defeated Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era!
Roger met Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight and suffered his worst Wimbledon loss. The Pole beat the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0, and it was Federer's first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Roger underwent the third surgery a few weeks later, and his recovery process is still on.
The 20-time Major champion feels confident about his comeback, working on his game and hoping to compete alongside Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in London. Federer had kept the Major record between 2009 and 2021 before Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic passed him this year.