Over the past few weeks, Roger Federer's state of form has been a major topic of discussion. There were several unknowns linked to the Swiss champion even before the start of Wimbledon, which was his great goal of the season.
With the Olympic Games suffering from a thousand restrictions, the former world number 1 had staked almost everything on the 2021 edition of the Championships. The balance - in the end - was bittersweet. The 39-year-old from Basel stopped in the quarterfinals, an excellent result in itself if we consider the very few games played by the King in the last year and a half.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion also became the oldest player to have achieved this in London. However, Federer's path suffered a sudden and painful halt at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, author of a very good tournament but certainly not a phenomenon.
The proportions of the defeat left further doubts, as the Maestro even suffered a bagel in the third set. Speaking on the Tennis Channel, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski expressed his sincere opinion on the 'Federer' theme.
Rusedski on Roger Federer's future
“Roger Federer has defied logic, he has defied time, he created a new game in 2017. There is not more he can create anymore because it was all based on movement, taking the ball early coming forward.
So the question mark, will he be happy not being able to win majors again? And that is the big question mark only Roger can answer. Knowing Roger from quite a young age, around 16-17 years of age, I don’t think he will be satisfied just showing up without really believing he can win,” said Greg Rusedski on a show with the TENNIS channel.
In a recent video, several players, including Rafael Nadal, were asked by the ATP to name who they enjoyed watching growing up. While a few of them came up with some offbeat picks, a good proportion picked Roger Federer as the player they enjoyed watching the most.
The segment began with Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov and Kei Nishikori, all of whom disclosed that Federer was their favorite player to watch growing up. "Roger Federer. He was my hero. I always wanted to match my game to his," Shapovalov said.
"How he played the game, it looked so easy. He was the best player to watch," Zverev declared. The discussion regarding Federer’s future has been on everyone’s lips, since the beginning of the year. However, the former World No.
1 has no intentions of throwing in the towel. He will be playing at the Tokyo Olympic Games after getting selected in the Swiss contingent.