Roger Federer dropped out of the Top 10 of the ATP ranking for the first time since 2017 and he is expected to close 2021 around 18th place in the World ranking. During a recent interview with the Estadao portal, the well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey expressed serious doubts about the future of the Swiss Maestro.
Clarey said: "Roger Federer may not return to the circuit at all after undergoing his third operation in the last year and a half. It's just my point of view. I believe that, during the rehabilitation process, he will realize that times have changed.
Young people took over and men's tennis entered a new era. His life must go in other directions. At 40, what else could he still do on the tour?" He added. Fans are hoping Roger can indulge in at least one last runway.
"I don't rule out his return, but it will be a slow and complicated path. I don't think he is capable of winning any more Grand Slam tournaments and I don't see how he can be happy without that kind of ambition," analyzed Clarey.
The last title won by the Swiss now dates back to autumn 2019, when he won in Basel. Roger Federer made a brief return to the tour this year. The Swiss managed to play the meager 13 official matches in 2021, collecting as best results the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
After the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz at the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he suffered a relapse in his right knee (operated twice in 2020). The 20-time Grand Slam champion went under the knife again, ending a season that had never really taken off prematurely.
The 40-year-old from Basel has expressed his desire to return to the field in 2022, but there are no guarantees in this regard. King Roger was seen walking on crutches during the Laver Cup in Boston and it seems almost certain that he will not play in the early part of 2022.