Although he has been seen on court (shortly) in 2021, Roger Federer has long slipped into the shadows due to his knee problems. Only five tournaments, that is the balance of the activity of the Swiss champion in the last year, being the Wimbledon quarterfinals, on July 7, his last appearance in official matches, clearly lost to Hubert Hurkacz.
Higueras pays tribute to Federer
Legendary tennis coach Jose Higueras has lavished praise on his former pupil Roger Federer, saying the Swiss cannot be compared to any other player on tour. “It’s tough to compare Roger [Federer] with anybody.
He is so unique in everything – how he goes about his game, off the court,” Higueras said. “He likes to feel the ball on his racquet strings, he likes to experiment. If you tell him something, he will digest it, he will think about it and [he is one of] those guys who are always so thirsty to learn.”
Higueras recounted one particular incident to highlight the Swiss’ uniqueness. The 68-year-old recalled that after losing the 2008 Roland Garros final 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to Rafael Nadal, Federer hosted a get-together for his friends a few hours later.
“With Roger, there is always something funny happening. When he got defeated by Rafael Nadal in the  French Open, he won only four games. After that, we had a get-together with a bunch of his friends from Switzerland, like forty people.
I was so depressed but [he had a celebration after that huge loss],” Higueras said. “My point is, he is just so unique.”