Roger Federer has enchanted millions of fans around the world thanks to his exceptional talent and innate class. The former ATP No. 1 has earned every conceivable and imaginable recognition despite Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic stealing several records from him in the past two years.
After reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open 2020, a real ordeal began for the king on a sporting level. The Swiss champions have been dealing with a serious knee injury that has prevented him from playing as much as he would have liked.
Suffice it to say that the Basel legend made just 13 official appearances in 2021, not progressing beyond the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. A few weeks after the championship, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he will have to have surgery for the third time in 18 months.
Barring any further unforeseen circumstances, the Maestro will return to the Laver Cup and then end his very short season with the ATP in Basel. In a lengthy interview with Mundo Deportivo, Fernando Verdasco crowned Federer as the most talented player of all time.
Verdasco responds to Federer
“All players need work, work and more work, it’s not just about talent,” said Verdasco. “Roger Federer may at first glance be the most talented in history because he’s the one who plays the most beautifully, but I’m sure he’s been training very hard; Nadal, let’s not talk; Djokovic, the same.”
He recalled a quote from Roger Federer and explained how, like the Swiss, he is driven by his sheer love of the sport. “There are players who love tennis more than anything, I’m one of them. I like a sentence from Federer who wondered why he should stop playing if he loves the game and is good at it,” says Verdasco.
“Sometimes the memories come back to me and sometimes people come back to me; it was the most legendary match of my career, the Australian Open semi-final against the world number one, the two Spaniards, a match of more than five hours; the level was impressive,” said Verdasco.
“Years and years later, someone stops me in the street and tells me it’s the best match they’ve ever seen in their life.” Earlier this week, the 22-time Grand Slam champion retired from the National Bank Open in Montreal after failing to recover from his abdominal injury in time. He sustained this injury during his quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon.