Roger Federer Says ‘Winning Slams Has Not Been Easy’ in the Era of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Published 11/21/2021, 12:32 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Roger Federer is currently recovering from a knee injury. Recently, he stunned fans after announcing that he won’t be able to feature at the Australian Open 2022.

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Notably, the Swiss Maestro hasn’t played any professional tennis matches since the Wimbledon Championships in 2021. On top of that, he hasn’t won any title for more than two years now.

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Roger Federer makes a revealing comment

In a recent interview with Sky Sports Italy, King Federer mentioned that winning Grand Slams especially in an era where Novak Djokovic is at its peak and Rafael Nadal still continues to dominate on clay is a really tough task.

Roger Federer shakes hands at the net after his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal in their fourth round match. Day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“As long as Novak has been around and Rafa on clay, winning Slams has not been easy, but once we will be gone there will space for many players,” said Federer in the interview.

JesusFed also pointed out that until and unless the ‘Big Three’ bid goodbye to the sport, it will be a huge job for the next-gen players to win a Grand Slam title. Interestingly, the three of them have won a total of 60 Grand Slams in the last 18 years.

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Federer in the 2021 tennis season

The 40-YO featured in just five tournaments in the 2021 tennis season. Even though he failed to win a title, the all-time crowd favorite layed quite well after making a comeback to the court after more than a year.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Evidently, Federer retuned to the court at the Qatar Open 2021. Although he played well, the 20x Grand Slam champion could not go past the pre-quarters. He then arrived in Geneva, where fans had huge expectations from him. However, he failed to leave a mark and tasted a defeat at the hands of Pablo Andujar in the very first round.

Later, after winning three matches at the French Open 2021, Federer decided to withdraw from the tournament as he wanted to keep fit for the Wimbledon Championships 2021. The King then arrived in London where he performed brilliantly and reached the quarters, but surprisingly lost to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets there.

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Now, fans expect Roger Federer to fight back and make a spectacular comeback on the court. Will he be able to lift a Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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