King Roger and The Queen. The nicknames tell of the nobility of tennis, the trophy cabinet that Roger Federer and Serena Williams can boast were not enough. Over the years it is the longevity that has amazed and provoked admiration.
In 2021 they both turn forty, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another example of sport that is increasingly also a question for "old men" King Roger wants to make his 23rd season as a pro. Update that scoreboard that sees him in 20 Slam tournaments won, reached this year by Rafa Nadal with his thirteenth Roland Garros.
He should return at the end of February: certainly Wimbledon (grass is his favorite hunting ground) and the Olympics are on the calendar. Yes, his majesty wants to go to Tokyo and many think that in the land of the Rising Sun the career of one of the greatest ever could end on a symbolic date: the Olympics will close on August 8, 2021, the day Roger Federer turns forty.
Sania Mirza, who has herself won six Grand Slams in her career, refused to buy into the numbers game during the interview. In addition to Roger Federer, Mirza also cited 23-time Major champion Serena Williams, who is chasing Margaret Court's record tally in Melbourne this year, as an example to further her argument.
Mirza believes Roger Federer would still enjoy his status
At the end of the segment, Sania Mirza claimed that Serena Williams and Roger Federer would still enjoy their status as the 'greatest ever' based on their talent alone, regardless of whether they held the record for most Grand Slams won or not.
"Hands down, Serena is the greatest woman to play the sport. Whether she reaches the number or not is irrelevent, I mean it's just the way she plays she is the greatest ever. And just the way Roger plays," Mirza said.
It is now certain that World No.1 Novak Djokovic is set to break Roger Federer’s record of most number of weeks as the World No.1. Djokovic has been chasing Roger Federer for a long time, and now no one can stop him for the record.
On 8th March 2021, Djokovic will start his 311th as the World No.1. Federer currently heads the record with 310 weeks as World No.1. And thus Djokovic is all set to break it. Djokovic has amassed over 12,000 points with Nadal far behind with 9850 points.
The Serbian’s ranking breakdown will amaze anybody. He has 2000 points each from Australian Open and Wimbledon triumphs. Whereas he has 1200 points from being the runner-up at the French Open.