How long will Roger Federer's career last? This is the question constantly asked by the countless fans of the 20-time Grand Slam champion for a few years now. The Swiss phenomenon remained out of the circuit for over a year due to a double operation on his right knee, a stop coinciding with the outbreak of the global pandemic.
After missing the Australian Open for the first time in the last 23 editions, the former world number 1 returned to the field in Doha a couple of weeks ago, unable to make it past the quarter-finals. The 39-year-old from Basel therefore opted for a further training block, giving up the tournaments in Dubai and Miami and giving the appointment directly for the season on clay.
King Roger believes he can still be competitive at the highest levels and has already targeted Wimbledon, not forgetting the Tokyo Olympics this summer and the US Open at the end of August. Careful planning has allowed the Maestro to remain at the top despite the passing of the years, a strategy that was then followed by many other players when they turned 30.
In the meantime, the Swiss was able to celebrate week 1100 among the top 100 players in the ATP ranking. The man from Basel entered the Top 100 for the first time on 20 September 1999 at the age of 18, never leaving again despite a slight decline at the end of that same year.
The Maestro should return to the pitch in Madrid or Rome, while his presence at Roland Garros remains unknown.
What has happened since Roger Federer was out of the top 100?
It was Roger Federer himself who ruled out keeping him active for the simple fact of making money: "At the beginning money was a bit important.
My dad said: 'If you become a tennis professional, make sure you are in the top 100. , because you have to earn a little money.' Now it is important to enjoy the tour as much as possible. "With this statement the" express "left aside the economic issue, and of course, he is one of the 10 athletes who generates the most money annually thanks to his advertising contracts.
In addition, in all history he is the second player who has generated the most money in 'prize money' with a total of 129 million dollars, only surpassed by the Serbian Novak Djokovic who at the moment accumulates 147 million dollars.
Despite having more time as a professional and a greater number of titles, that has not been enough to endanger the Serbian's first place in the historical list. Since Federer breached the top 100, he has won 103 titles out of which 20 are Grand Slam titles.
Further, he has played 157 career singles finals. He entered the top 100 as a teenager and now is still in the top 100 despite turning 40 this year. And he has an Olympic gold and silver to cap everything off.