Federer's hardest years

The operations he underwent on his knee in 2020 and his age have visibly affected a Roger Federer who is now considering his continuity.


The tough loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals has been one of the hardest moments for Roger Federer on a tennis court. The Swiss arrived in London with the intention of taking flight and showing that he can still compete with the greats despite the ordeal suffered in 2020 due to injuries, but the correction received against Hurkacz has once again sowed doubts about whether Federer will return to be the same.

It should be remembered that Federer, who will turn 40 on August 8, has played only 19 matches between 2020 and 2021, which also shows the Swiss's lack of competitive rhythm. In 2020, Federer required medical attention during his match against Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals before falling in the semifinals with Novak Djokovic. A few weeks later, in February 2020, Federer announced that he had undergone an operation on his knee, which ruled him out practically for the entire season, and more after a new operation in June.

The postponement of tournaments such as Wimbledon and the new ranking system due to the pandemic appeared as possible stimuli for Federer on his return to competition. A return that the Swiss has taken with great caution, as demonstrated by his resignation from the Australian Open before returning to the Doha tournament almost a year after his last match, defeating Daniel Evans in his comeback, but falling against Basilashvili in the quarterfinals. A defeat that forced him to take time again to get back on the slopes.

However, his second comeback was not as expected either, since at the Geneva tournament, his last test on clay before Roland Garros, he was surprised on his debut by Pablo Andújar. However, Federer managed to recover to take his class again in Paris, where he convinced on his return but where he decided to resign before the round of 16 after his agonizing match against Koepfer to focus on Wimbledon.

The grass season was not quite as expected for Federer, who saw Auger-Aliassime take him down in the round of 16 at Halle, his other major tournament alongside Wimbledon, before arriving in London, where he has dazzled to the delight of the British public before from the loss to Hurkacz. Now Federer has in the Olympic Games, one of the few titles that is missing in his record (he does have a gold medal in doubles in Beijing 2008 and individual silver in London 2012) an opportunity to put some light on these two years difficult and chase away the ghosts of retreat for a time.

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