Adrian Manarino recalled his match against Roger Federer a wimbledon 2021. The Frenchman seriously injured his knee when he was leading two sets to one. Mannarino, in fact, recalled: «I played an excellent match against Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2021.
I felt very good on the pitch and I realized that Roger was far from 100%. Federer was in obvious physical difficulty and was not moving as usual. He was far from being in top form. I was seriously injured in the fourth set and that accident also affected the following months, not to mention that I lost that match.
It’s not a good memory as it was also my birthday.» In a recent interview, Ivan Ljubicic revealed that the King’s knee couldn’t take it anymore: «When Roger rejoined the circuit last year, he was never 100%. There was not a single tournament or training where everything went well.»
Roger Federer’s season started and ended at the Laver Cup
On September 15, through a letter posted on Instagram, Roger Federer announced that the Laver Cup would be his last ATP event. The Swiss phenom saluted tennis played at the exhibition he founded, which took place at London’s O2 Arena from September 23-25.
The former world number 1 played his last match on Friday, September 23, alongside his rival Rafael Nadal, who could not hold back his tears during the ceremony that followed. The King struggled to get in shape at the age of 41, but his knee did not respond adequately.
The MRI to which he underwent last July confirmed that there was no further progress. A few days later, the Basel Master realized that everything was over and he began to think about how to announce it. The 20-time Grand Slam champion made a timid comeback last year, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon.