Roger Federer turns 40 in August, and he is still eager to extend his career after two knee surgeries and his longest break from tennis in 2020. Roger had not played between the Australian Open of the year last and the Doha tournament of last March, but he rather worked hard after those two surgeries to feel ready to make another effort, in order to win some notable titles.
Roger has confirmed his participation in his beloved ATP 500 event in Halle, not only in 2021 but also in the following season. The organizers have indeed revealed that Federer and Nishikori will be part of the 2022 program.
Roger made his debut at Halle in 2000. Since 2003, Federer has lost just four matches at Halle, dominating year after year and winning ten titles until 2019. Between 2003-2010, Federer achieved 29 consecutive victories at Halle before Lleyton Hewitt stopped him in the 2010 finals.
Since 2013, Federer has won five trophies in Halle, before losing the title match to Borna Coric in 2018 despite his great chances and regaining the crown 12 months later. In pursuit of a tenth title, Federer toppled David Goffin by 7-6, 6-1, in one hour and 23 minutes two years ago to record his 102nd ATP title.
Taking part in one of his favorite tournaments for the 17th time, Roger qualified for the 13th final. He went all the way to become the second player in the Open era with at least ten titles in a single ATP event, after Rafael Nadal.
Racket technology has evolved and improved considerably over the years. And that has often prompted fans to ponder whether Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would have still ruled the sport if they had to play with the wooden rackets used by players prior to the 80s.
Roger Federer cited the example of Rod Laver
"Many think that Rafael Nadal could not have played with wooden rackets, I do not agree," Roger Federer said. "His forehand could have been less impressive. But he would have adapted his lasso movement and found a way to exploit his talent by hitting more flat.
It's the same for Rod Laver," Federer added. "He was playing flat because that was the style at the time. But he would have hit topspin easily with today's rackets. The best hands and the best eyes adapt to everything; they learn, they evolve."
Wooden rackets had a considerably smaller head size; they were around 65 sq. inches, compared to modern-day rackets which are between 90 and 110 sq. inches.