Roger Federer has been able to entertain fans for nearly two decades now. The Swiss legend was absent for almost all of 2020 due to a double operation on his right knee, which coincided with the outbreak of the pandemic that brought the whole world to its knees.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to the field in Doha a few weeks ago, showing off the usual great tennis but still highlighting some gaps in terms of physical strength. The former world number 1 has given up on Dubai and Miami, opting for an additional training block ahead of the clay court season.
The King's main goal is to get fit for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which could also prove to be the latest endeavors of his unrivaled career. The 39-year-old from Basel has had countless successes since he turned pro back in 1998, but he also had to deal with painful defeats.
The last - in chronological order - was the sensational mockery in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer suggests not judging oneself after losses
Roger Federer stated, “It’s from my defeats that I’ve learned the most.
The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance. Don’t judge yourself at all costs. Analyze and understand. You can do this alone, or by talking with others to get them out of the disappointment.
Some people think for days and nights about the mistakes they made. I chose to analyze very quickly. It helps me to move on”. During his career, Roger has suffered emotional setbacks from losses at the Wimbledon final in 2008 and the Australian Open final in 2009.
Both of these losses came against Nadal, his greatest rival on Tour. Speaking after the match in Melbourne in 2009, the Swiss star couldn’t hold back his tears and emotions got the better of him. 18-year-old Dominic Stricker has become the third-youngest Swiss player to win an ATP Challenger title, following in the footsteps of his illustrious countrymen Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
On Sunday, Stricker defeated Vitaliy Sachko 6-4 6-2 in the final of the ATP Lugano Challenger. That gave him his first title of any kind in the professional arena. At 18 years and 7 months, Dominic Stricker is just a little older than what Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka were when they won their maiden Challenger titles.
While it remains to be seen how Dominic Stricker's career unfolds in the coming years, the Swiss has spent a fair bit of time with Roger Federer. Earlier this year, Stricker spent part of the off-season practicing with the 20-time Major champion.