Roger Federer suffered an ugly knee injury in early 2020. The Swiss underwent two operations in February and May and returned to action in March 2021. Roger competed in Doha and Geneva before going into Roland Garros, eager to put Test your body in best-of-five matches.
Federer found his rhythm in Paris and became the oldest player in the Round of 16 in the Open era. However, the Swiss decided to retire before the clash against Matteo Berrettini and focus on the upcoming tour on grass. Many tennis fans did not like Roger’s move, while many colleagues defended his decision.
Among them was Daniil Medvedev, who repeated the importance of Wimbledon for Roger and made him one of the favorites in London. Furthermore, the Russian stated that Koepfer did not deserve to play the next match, since he lost to Federer fairly.
Federer got rid of Denis Istomin and Marin Cilic to access the third round and set the clash against Dominik Koepfer. The two rivals met on an empty Philippe-Chatrier court during the evening session, Federer scoring a thrilling 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5 victory in three hours and 35 minutes.
After spending too much time on court and straining his knee, Roger decided to withdraw before his fourth-round clash with Matteo Berrettini to preserve his body ahead of the grass tour of Halle and Wimbledon. After 13 months without playing, Federer was eager to preserve his knee and make a strong push in the coming weeks at his beloved tournaments.
With his knee bothering him again, Roger lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round in Halle, failing to reach the quarterfinals at this event for the first time. Federer played better at Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals as the oldest player of the Open era.
Godsick comments on Federer
According to Godsick, Roger Federer also wanted to “win badly” and that ensured he always left it all out on the court. “I always say he’s a choirboy killer,” Tony Godsick told CNBC. “This guy, when you go on the court with him, he wants to win and he wants to win badly.
He doesn’t want you to win any games, he doesn’t want you to win any points,” the American added. “One of the things he misses the most is being back out on tour with the guys and joking around in the locker room, and the practice, and the whole process leading upto the competition,” Godsick stated.