After nearly 970 weeks, Roger Federer will leave the top 10 on Monday, Hubert Hurkacz replacing the 20-time Major champion in the exclusive group. In August, Roger became the second 40-year-old in the top 10 after Ken Rosewall, and he will now leave the squad with a realistic chance of never coming back due to an ongoing knee injury!
Thanks to his points from 2019, last year’s Australian Open and recently ended Wimbledon, Roger managed to stay in the top 10 until October.
However, he should have been out long ago after just 13 games after last year’s Australian Open. Federer returned to the top 10 after winning the Australian Open in 2017 and remained in the exclusive squad for four years and nine months before retiring only for the second time in the past 19 years!
Two seasons ago, Roger was still among the best players in the world behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, winning the Masters 1000 title in Rome and losing two match points to Novak in that epic Wimbledon final.
At the start of the previous season, the Swiss had reached the semi-final of the Australian Open before announcing knee surgery. Roger needed another one in May, and he started from the start in October, doing his best to recover and extend his career.
After 13 months, Federer returned to action in Doha in March, defeating Daniel Evans and wasting match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals.
Roger Federer and the ATP ranking:
Roger Federer will leave the top 10 for the first time since January 2017.
Federer took more time off the pitch before making the ATP 250 home draw in Geneva in May, losing to Pablo Andujar after leading 4-2 in the deciding game.
En route to Paris, Federer claimed three victories at Roland Garros and retired following a marathon match against Dominik Koepfer that lasted three and a half hours, eager to maintain the energy for his turf season at Halle. and Wimbledon.
Things didn’t work out the way Roger wanted, as he experienced Halle’s first outing to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Entering the All England Club for the record 22nd time, Federer qualified for his 18th quarter-final at Wimbledon after triumphing over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego.
Against Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss suffered one of his most brutal defeats in the Majors, winning only nine games and knowing the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal!
After the game, Federer admitted he still had knee pain, skipping the Olympics in Tokyo, Toronto and Cincinnati. Veteran Roger Federer announced the third knee surgery in August, doing his best to recover at some point in 2022 and fight for notable titles again.