In a big setback for tennis fans, ace player Roger Federer fell to his lowest ranking since 2000 in the most recent ATP Tour rankings.

Due to knee ailments, the Swiss international has only played 19 matches in the last two years and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Furthermore, the Swiss Maestro is unlikely to return to the pitch until the middle of 2022.

The former world number one has dropped 18 places to No. 44, with inactivity being the main cause for the slide in the rankings. Roger Federer might fall farther down the rankings and fall outside the top 50 by the time he returns, which won’t be until Wimbledon at the earliest.

After the Miami Open in 2022, he is anticipated to drop out of the top-40 men’s rankings. Roger has spent nearly 22 years in the top-40, an astounding run that is about to end.

On 9 May 2022, another 90 points will be deducted from Madrid, 180 points from Roland Garros on 13 June 2022, 250 points from Halle on 20 June 2022, and 600 points from Wimbledon on 11 July 2022, when Federer returns to competition.

Roger back at training

A few weeks after the Championships, the King disclosed that he had a knee relapse and would have to undergo surgery for the third time.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion intends to return to the circuit in late summer or early autumn, possibly for the Laver Cup, which will be held in late September at London’s O2 Arena.

The Swiss champion had hoped to compete in the first half of 2022, but that did not happen. All tennis fans hope to see Federer return to the court at Wimbledon in 2022, but only time will tell.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is on a lengthy road to recovery and recently released an inspiring video on his Instagram account. Federer has, in fact, released some stunning photographs of himself on an indoor tennis court, focusing on striking the ball with his forehand.

Djokovic retains top spot

Novak Djokovic has preserved the World No. 1 ranking and now has 8,420 points, 10 more than Daniil Medvedev in second place. The Russian international (currently playing under an independent flag) had the opportunity to climb to No. 1 in the Miami Open, but his quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz meant he will remain No. 2.

After reaching the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, German star Alexander Zverev moved up to third in the rankings. The German presently has 7,195 points, 80 more than Rafael Nadal, who has dropped to fourth place, while Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini have remained in fifth and sixth place, respectively.