2021 has not given Roger Federer any particular pleasure. The former world No. 1 played just 13 competitive matches last year, racking up nine wins against four defeats. The 20-time Grand Slam champion did everything he could to get into good shape at Wimbledon, but his run on the London lawns was cut short in the quarters at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz.
The Pole took away the satisfaction of handing a bagel to the King on Center Court. A few weeks later, the Swiss phenom announced that he had suffered a relapse in his right knee and required surgery for the third time in the past 18 months.
According to the Swiss press, the 40-year-old from Basel has recently resumed training in Dubai. His return to the track will not take place before the summer, as Roger himself admitted some time ago.
In a lengthy interview with Sportskeeda, Purav Raja analyzed Federer’s extended absence and impending generational change.
Raja opens on Roger Federer
Purav Raja was also asked if he thinks the 2022 Australian Open will be a generational change as Roger Federer and the Williams sisters are not playing.
“The change is already slow, the change will come, the change will be there,” Raja said. “I don’t see one stroke as the change. I don’t see this Australian Open as the change.
The change will come gradually, as it came before everything else, as we saw everyone slowly retiring. So within the next three or four to five years we will see a change,” Raja added. Raja concluded by emphasizing that the sport is always bigger than the player.
He said that as players come and go, “tennis remains.” “But tennis is always bigger. Wimbledon is always bigger than the player, Australian Open always bigger than the player. We are just players, we come and go.
The tennis continues and the tournaments live on – and we play for those tournaments,” he explained. After Wimbledon, Federer aggravated his knee, which already had a bad history. In 2020, Federer even had surgery on his right knee twice.
After his departure from the tour in July 2021, he underwent a third knee surgery. Since then, Federer has been recovering and slowly but surely recovering his health. Now there are rumors from Switzerland that the legendary player is finally back in training.