The last two seasons have been particularly difficult for Roger Federer. The Swiss player's appearances on the field have been reduced to a flicker by a serious injury to his right knee. Suffice it to say that the 20-time Grand Slam champion played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins and four losses.
Despite being very far from top condition, the 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon thanks to a not impossible draw. His run ended abruptly in the quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz, who even handed him a bagel on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The King hopes to return to the pitch this summer, but his presence at the Championships is highly doubtful.
On ABC News, Nick Kyrgios praised Roger Federer's greatness, but made it clear that he didn't want to be like him. The Australian has just returned from triumph at the Australian Open in doubles.
Nick Kyrgios opens up
"When I look in the mirror, I feel comfortable and have no big regrets.
I'm not interested in winning a Grand Slam in singles, I don't want to be like Roger Federer or anything like that," admitted Kyrgios, whose best results in the Majors go back to Wimbledon 2014 and the Australian Open 2015 (in both cases he reached the quarterfinals) .
He added: "My goal as a tennis player is to help people become passionate about this sport. I want to grow the game, I am more than just an athlete. I see myself a lot in guys like Neymar and Russell Westbrook. I have my own foundation, I help children, I take care of others.
I would like to be remembered as more than just a tennis player. I dream of becoming a global icon," continued the current number 122 ATP. Kyrgios was defeated in four sets by Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the Australian Open 2022.
He redeemed himself in double with his friend and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis. The two will also play together for the rest of the season.