Nineteen years ago, Roger Federer and Tim Henman played a memorable Wimbledon quarter-final, with the British star outplaying the young gun in four tight sets. Henman had the upper hand against the young Swiss in Roger's early years on the Tour before Federer came victorious in their final six meetings.
Almost two decades later, Federer is still ranked inside the top-5 while works as an analyst at Eurosport during Roland Garros. The Briton believes Federer is still the biggest draw in our sport, hoping to see him at 100% in Melbourne next January.
The 20-time Major champion will compete at the Australian Open next January, returning to the court after skipping almost the entire 2020 season. Undergoing two knee surgeries, Roger is working hard on the return, hoping to get back at his best ahead of the Aussie swing.
Spending the last half a year at home with his family, Roger is back to business, training with his physio Pierre Paganini and starting to hit the ball again for a couple of hours every day. Federer didn't play the ATP Cup for Switzerland at the beginning of the season like other players from the top, practicing ahead of Melbourne to reach the semi-final after a rollercoaster ride.
In the third round, the Swiss trailed 8-4 in the deciding tie break against John Millman, winning six straight points and avoiding an early exit. Struggling with a groin injury, Federer had to play against seven match points against Tennys Sandgren in the fourth set of the quarter-final, fending them off to pass another obstacle!
Tim Henman praised Roger Federer, hoping to see him on the court soon.
In the semis, Novak Djokovic beat Roger in straight sets in what has been the last official match for the Swiss. After the record-breaking Cape Town encounter with Rafael Nadal at the beginning of February, Roger underwent a knee surgery instead of traveling to Dubai, planning to return in June for the grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon.
Despite the surgery, Roger failed to eliminate the pain that bothered him enough to undergo another in May, choosing to skip the rest of the season and get ready for 2021. The Swiss is yet to make an early schedule, although he is sure to compete at the first Major of the season in Melbourne.
"I still think Roger is the biggest draw in our sport. He's been out of action for so long; fingers crossed he's going through his rehab process. It's fascinating when you hear him say he's keen to get back out there and fingers crossed everything goes to plan for the Australian Open," Tim Henman said.