Federer's 2021 was short and full of questions

It was a special year, short, hard, full of doubts. Roger Federer’s 2021 was very particular, since he was able to play little in front of his fans, his season started in March and ended at Wimbledon and when he reported that he was undergoing surgery for the third time on his right knee, he generated fears and the option of retirement gained strength. of the professional circuit.

After an unprecedented 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in which he barely played one tournament, the Australian Open, the Swiss returned to the official tennis competition after more than 13 months, something unusual in his great career. He returned to Doha, struggled as best he could with that discomfort in his right knee and only played 13 games.

In his professional career, Federer had only suffered a half-year stoppage, in the second half of 2016, and now the picture is complicated. In fact, he missed the great appointment of the Tokyo Olympics, moved to 2021 by the coronavirus, and could not be from the game after his fall at Wimbledon.

The privileged competitions that received it were Doha, Geneva, Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon. But in all of them he could never reach a final, instance in which Your Majesty he had accustomed to his followers throughout his career.

He finished the season with a 9-4 record. The only losses were to Nikoloz Basilashvili (Doha), Pablo Andujar (Geneva), Felix Auger-Aliassime (Halle) and Hubert Hurkacz (Wimbledon). It should also be noted that at Roland Garros he withdrew from the competition prior to his round of 16 match against Matteo Berrettini, to take care of his body with a view to London.

Although the Swiss’s return date is uncertain, it is expected that by 2022 he can return to the courts and resume a good rhythm of play and, why not, continue to raise trophies to expand his history. He has already clarified that he will not arrive in Australia and even questioned his performance at his favorite Wimbledon.

Therefore, its outlook is uncertain. He closed the calendar being No. 16 in the ATP ranking and at 40 he wants to give himself more joy. He couldn’t face any current Top 10, which is why this year was so special for him. It is necessary to see how it will be able to return to the activity in 2022. That is the great unknown.