Roger Federer threw all his fans into despair when he announced that he would give up the second half of 2020 due to a new knee operation. The Swiss phenomenon, whose only appearance this year dates back to the Australian Open, had already decided to stay still until Wimbledon to recover from an operation on his right knee.
The rehabilitation did not go as planned, causing the former number 1 in the world to make the appointment directly to 2021 despite the Coronavirus emergency forced the suspension of the tour until August. Numerous insiders believe that time may have expired for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are always closer to him in the all-time ranking of the Slams won, in fact the Spaniard could already match him at the US Open or at the Roland Garros. Recall that the Big 3 have won the last 13 Major played.
French expert Pierre Menes recently confessed all his love for King Roger.
Menes on Roger Federer
"I am a midinette with Roger Federer. I could kiss his hand, especially the right hand, the one with the genius," said Pierre Menes.
"The last final he lost to Novak Djokovic in three tie-breaks at Wimbledon having had two match points, I was at home alone in my living room and I was dismal. I cried. I spat. I threw up. Now he's going to come back in 2021 at 39 and a half, so since he's 34 I watch all of his matches as if it were the last.
And I'm very lucky because 5 years later, he's still there," added Menes. No other male tennis player has won 20 major singles titles in the Open Era, and he has been in 31 major finals, including 10 in a row. He has held the world No.
1 spot in the ATP rankings for longer than any other male player. He was ranked No. 1 at the age of 36 and has won a record eight Wimbledon titles. He won five consecutive US Open titles, which is the most in the Open Era. He has been voted by his peers to receive the tour Sportsmanship Award a record thirteen times and voted by tennis fans to receive the ATP Fans' Favorite award for seventeen consecutive years.
Federer has been named the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year a record seven times. He has been named the ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times, and he has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008. He is also the only individual to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.