Roger Federer and Serena Williams were born within a few weeks in the summer of 1981 and are among the oldest active players in professional tennis. Serena will retire at the upcoming US Open while Roger is yet to return after his third knee operation after Wimbledon last year.
Rafael Nadal spoke about two legends in his pre-US Open press conference. The Spaniard called them legends and honored everything they have done for our sport. Serena has played just nine tournaments since the start of 2021, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year and not repeating that result at subsequent events.
The American injured himself at Wimbledon last year and stayed away from the court for almost a year. Williams made a surprise return at Eastbourne, taking part in the doubles draw and shaping his game ahead of Wimbledon.
Serena suffered a tough 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 loss to Harmony Tan in the first round, missing her chances and suffering an early loss. Williams came to Toronto and faced Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the first game. The American achieved a 6-3, 6-4 triumph in an hour and 57 minutes for her first win in 430 days!
Williams faced Belinda Bencic in the second round and suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss. In their last meeting before the US Open, Williams suffered a tough 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu in just over an hour in Cincinnati. Serena will make a final push at her beloved US Open, meeting Danka Kovinic in the first round at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.
Rafael Nadal shared his thoughts on Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Roger Federer has been struggling with a knee injury for over two and a half years, has had three surgeries and is still struggling to get back into action.
Federer only played one event in 2020 and stayed away from the court for 13 months. The Swiss returned to the court in Dubai in March last year, improving his form and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Roger suffered a heavy loss against Hubert Hurkacz.
He decided to undergo the third surgery and start rehab again. Federer was set to return to action at next month’s Laver Cup, where he was expected to play alongside Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. “We are happy to see Roger back on track.
I hope he is well enough to play. I haven’t seen him for a long time so I hope he can make a comeback in London. What I said earlier about Serena also applies to Roger. The main thing is that he is healthy and happy.
If that’s the case, it would be incredible to see him back on the pitch. We can only thank Roger for everything he has done. I am confident that we will see more from him. I can’t wait to work with him,” said Rafael Nadal.