Roger Federer made his comeback about a month ago in Doha, reaching the quarter-finals after more than a year of absence from the circuit. In fact, two operations on the right knee affected almost the entire last season, made even more problematic by the pandemic that has shocked the whole world.
Many expected that the Swiss phenomenon would play at least one between Dubai and Miami, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion preferred to carry out another training block. The former world number 1 earned his eternal rival Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam ranking in 2020, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings in early March.
Responding on Twitter to a question posed by Joseph Pompliano, former Top 10 Mardy Fish explained that there are a couple of feats accomplished by King Roger destined to remain intact for a long time to come. Federer is expected to return to the pitch at the Mutua Madrid Open, scheduled for May 2-9 at the Caja Magica.
Mardy Fish on Roger Federer
Mardy Fish quote-tweeted Pompliano's post and commented, "Roger Federer straight 33 quarterfinals, Federer straight 23 semifinals in Grand Slams." Roger Federer's quarterfinal streak ran from Wimbledon 2004 to Wimbledon 2013, showing his unreal consistency in the early stages of Slams for nine years on the trot.
But that is far from being the 39-year-old's most impressive feat. After winning Wimbledon 2004, Federer reached 23 consecutive Slam semifinals - winning 20 of them - which many believe is one of the most staggering streaks in tennis history.
His dominant run at the Majors only came to an end in 2010; the Swiss lost to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals of the French Open that year. Coming to Federer, he returned to action after being out of action since the Australian Open 2020.
On returning, he played his first tournament at the ATP Doha Open 2021. After that, he has not featured in any event but is keen to resume his season on the clay courts at Madrid. Rafael Nadal has finally opened up on his Big 3 rival Novak Djokovic breaking Roger Federer’s record of staying World No.1 for most weeks.
Speaking to a reporter ahead of the Monte Carlo Open, the 20-time Grand Slam said plenty of records in the game have been broken over the last few years and this was one of them. However, he did extend his congratulations to the Serbian, calling it a “great achievement”.
“During this period of time, for the last few years, a lot of records have been broken,” the Spaniard said.