Roger Federer has skipped most of the last year and a half, mostly thanks to the two operations on his right knee that he underwent in 2020. The Swiss phenomenon played his last Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open, when he reached the semifinals losing in three sets to Novak Djokovic.
Few imagined that this would be Roger's last game in the next 14 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion would have qualified outside of the Top 300 if the traditional ranking had remained in place. Typically, the ATP ranking works on the basis of the 18 best results obtained during a 52-week period.
However, due to the dire consequences of the global pandemic, the system has been modified to help players overcome all the difficulties that this period entails. In a recent interview with 'RTS' in that Geneva, the 39-year-old Swiss admitted that the new ranking was an advantage for him.
At the same time, King Roger stressed that the most important aspect for him is to return to 100% physical condition. "Everyone is playing completely now," Roger Federer said. "The only help I could have had is qualifying.
I should be 800 because I didn't play, I'm still in the top 8. Okay, that's good for seeded. But it doesn't change anything for me: if my knee isn't 100 percent, if I'm not 100 percent physically, I know I won't be good enough.
But I know that if I am 100 percent, I am much better than the 800 number," said the Swiss.
Roger Federer has skipped most of the last year and a half
Teenage prodigy Dominic Stricker has acknowledged the role of his countryman and idol Roger Federer in his recent improvement.
Stricker disclosed how Federer asked him to work extensively on his serve, and also claimed that he is trying to get close to the level of Federer and the other top players. "For sure that helps me to see how good he is and just to see that I’m actually close to his level – maybe not at his level, but I’m just trying to get there," Dominic Stricker said.
"It helps me to see it. I'm getting better and trying to get to this level where these guys are. We saw [each other] here and we were talking a little bit, just saying hello but not too much," Stricker said. "We didn’t practise here but we practiced a lot at the start of the year."