Federer impressed by 'crazy' year for Djokovic as he sets sights on comeback

Novak Djokovic may have missed out on completing a Grand Slam in 2021 but his “crazy” achievements across the year have received praise from Roger Federer. 

© AFP Roger Federer has been impressed by Novak Djokovic’s achievements this year.

Djokovic fell at the final hurdle in his bid to secure a clean sweep of the majors, losing in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev at the US Open.

The Serbian’s defeat at Flushing Meadows means Rod Laver remains the last man to claim all four majors in one year, the Australian doing so for a second time in 1969 having previously managed the feat seven years earlier. 

Neither Federer, who missed out on playing in New York due to knee surgery, nor Rafael Nadal have done so in their stellar careers, though the Swiss is certain a calendar slam is still possible.

“Will it actually happen again, that a player will win all four grand slams in their career? I think so,” Federer said.

“We have seen with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and of course with me as well that this is possible.  

“It is extremely hard, of course. But I have the feeling, more than ever, that we can dominate on all kinds of ground where we have all found our own game.  

“The problem is mentally and physically it is not getting any easier for any of us. So, what Novak was able to accomplish this year has to be highly rated. It was absolute top class. It was crazy.” 

Congrats Novak on your 20th major. I’m proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done!

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 11, 2021

Federer confirmed he would be out for “many months” when revealing he would require a third procedure on his problematic right knee in the space of 18 months.

However, the 40-year-old – who sits tied with long-time rivals Djokovic and Nadal on 20 grand slam singles titles – has suffered no setbacks in his recovery so far, putting him on course for a competitive return to the ATP Tour in the 2022 season.

“I’m feeling actually really good, considering, you know, that things are not as I hoped they would be, but I’m recovering well and the rehab is going really good, I must say,” Federer said. 

“I’ve had no setbacks. You know, every day is a better day. I’m feeling strong and excited for what’s to come.”

Federer has not played since losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals back in July.

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