‘Roger Federer clearly beat me,’ says James Blake

Roger Federer hasn’t set foot on the court since his sharp loss in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon 2021. The former world No. 1 didn’t look in top form last year, finishing with just 13 official matches played .

The Swiss champion has recorded nine victories and four defeats, a record far too poor for a legend of his caliber. Weeks after the championships ended, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he had suffered a relapse in his right knee and was due surgery for the third time in the past 18 months.

The operation was successful, but to see the Maestro on tour again, we have to wait until the summer. His presence at Wimbledon this year is very doubtful, as Roger himself admitted some time ago.

The 40-year-old from Basel was to hail the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, yet another sign of the end of an era. Recently, James Blake – the current director of the Miami Open – recalled the beating he suffered against Federer in the 2006 ATP Finals.

James Blake talks about Roger Federer

“I was still smiling because it was right before Roger Federer beat me to a full out in the Shanghai final,” Blake wrote.

“It’s silly, I thought maybe I would have a chance just because I was playing really well that week. So young and stupid.” James Blake’s season ended with a beating at the hands of Roger Federer, but that didn’t take away from his achievements.

After the Shanghai final, the American clashed with a local reporter who claimed he had “collapsed” at Federer’s outburst.

“If you think this is falling apart, I implore one of you to go out there and face Roger Federer on the pitch,” Blake had said. “I’ll write your column, you face him, we’ll see who does better.

I don’t feel like I’ve collapsed at all. I wish I could have done better, but that was my best for today.” 25-year-old star Thanasi Kokkinakis is certainly on cloud nine at the moment.

Not only did he just win his first ATP title, but he also had the legend, Roger Federer congratulate him personally. Kokkinakis won the Adelaide International 2, one of the Australian Open preparatory tournaments.

It must be a special kind of happiness and awe that Kokkinakis felt when he saw Roger Federer himself texting him on Instagram. Moreover, Federer even used his nickname, adding a personal touch to his praise.


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