Roger Federer was unable to participate in this edition of Wimbledon as he continues to struggle with rehabilitation after further surgery on his right knee. The former world number 1, who hasn’t played an official match in exactly a year, has experienced a real ordeal in the last two seasons and has ended up under the scalpel three times.
Barring further unforeseen events, the Swiss phenomenon will return to the Laver Cup at the end of September, and will then compete at the ATP Basel in the fall. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has revealed that he wants to play some tournaments again next year.
Let’s remember that Federer had tried a timid comeback in 2021, but things did not go as expected. He has only played 13 games, with a record of nine wins and four losses. The Roland Garros round of 16 and the Wimbledon quarterfinals were too meager a prize for a legend of his caliber.
From there came the decision to have surgery on the knee again. Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander compared Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have won eight and six Wimbledon titles, respectively.
Mats Wilander about Roger Federer
Impressed by Novak Djokovic’s performance during his second round at Wimbledon against Thanasi Kokkinakis, Mats Wilander, present on the Eurosport set, wanted to highlight a defense and, therefore, the movement of the Serbian who is a master in the field, especially in such a surface.
“What Novak does better than anyone on grass is defend, because it’s not easy to defend on grass. Roger Federer, of course, was brilliant in this aspect, but in a different way. It’s amazing what Novak can do.
It’s amazing that he is so confident in his supports on a grass court. It’s easy to move like he does on clay or hard court – for him, not for us – but on a grass court… the fact that he’s able to move like that says it all about his balance, about his flexibility. and his will to never stop moving.
He has played very well and, according to his own words, he could not believe how much he had improved in two days. The trajectory is pointing in the right direction.” This year there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Wimbledon Championships ahead of its start on June 27.
Following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, the prestigious Grand Slam event has already been left without some top players.