Roger Federer will no longer return to the pitch this year due to a knee relapse. The Swiss champion had originally returned to the tour last March in Doha, but there was never the feeling that he was in 100% condition. His 2021 went into the archive with only 13 matches played and a far from a remarkable balance of nine wins against four defeats.
His best result came at Wimbledon, where he hit the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible draw. Stopping his run was Hubert Hurkacz, who dominated the match on Center Court by also giving his illustrious opponent a bagel in the third set.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to undergo his third knee operation in less than a year and a half, hoping to be back in action for at least one last runway. The former world number 1 said he was confident about it, but given his age, there can be no guarantees about the future.
In a recent interview for the ITF website, the 40-year-old from Basel highlighted the positive aspects that have arisen from monetary and technological progress.
Federer has already closed his 2021
Roger said: "Nowadays, also due to greater economic possibilities, players have bigger teams with them, they take better care of their physique and travelling has become much easier than it was 20 or 30 years ago."
I believe that in the future we will see more and more impressive players hitting very hard from every part of the court. There will be further improvements in the racquet and string technology, which will allow you to give more topspin to the ball while ensuring greater control.
Beyond all the innovations we can imagine, I just think that the new rules must not distort the uniformity of the game. I think an interesting future awaits us." The Swiss will not even participate in the Laver Cup, whose fourth edition will be staged in Boston.