Roger Federer wants to treat himself to one last round of merry-go-rounds before hanging up his racquet. The Swiss phenomenon has had three surgeries on his right knee in the past two years and hasn’t played as much as he would like.
His last official appearance dates back to Wimbledon 2021, where he reached the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible scoreboard. His race ended abruptly against a wild Hubert Hurkacz, who even managed to punch him a bagel on Center Court.
A few weeks later, the former ATP number 1 announced that he would have to have his knee operated on for the umpteenth time. Barring any further unforeseen circumstances, the King is expected to return for the Laver Cup, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena from September 23-25.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is also taking part in the ATP in Basel, which has returned to the calendar after the cancellation of the last two editions due to the pandemic. A few days ago, the 40-year-old Swiss became the subject of an anecdote told by David Nalbandian in an interview on Argentine television.
Federer is struggling with a longstanding knee injury
David Nalbandian was a guest on a TV show in Argentina and since the atmosphere was very friendly, the ex-Argentine player opened the memory box by sharing some snappy anecdotes.
He particularly remembered a tournament in Monte Carlo where he had challenged Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on Playstation. “We had a small tournament and the loser had to take the elevator down to the hotel lobby in his underwear.
Unfortunately I lost and couldn’t negotiate anything. So I took the elevator and the funniest thing was I faced Roger Federer and Mirka when it opened, it was quite embarrassing,” the Argentine explained.
Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time and is respected throughout the tennis world for his achievements. “We played the Australian Open for a year and it happens a lot too, the quacking in the crowd and he thought it was pretty funny.
So that’s what he calls me. He calls me a quack,” Duckworth said. Henley was surprised and at the same time glad to hear the story. “That is amazing. That’s the story of Roger Federer, which we didn’t know we were going to get today,” Henley said. Federer hasn’t played a match since his quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon last year.