'I'm sure Roger Federer'll want to say...', says former ATP ace

“I’m sure Roger Federer will want to say…” says the former ATP ace

Shortly after the end of the US Open, the Laver Cup takes place. The O2 Arena in London will therefore host the return of Roger Federer, who has not played an official game since Wimbledon 2021. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the Swiss champions, who haven’t been able to play as much as he would have liked due to a right knee injury.

Suffice it to say that the former ATP No. 1 made just 13 competitive appearances in 2021, conceding nine wins and four losses. A few weeks after the 2021 championship, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he would need surgery for the third time in 18 months.

After the much-anticipated return to the Laver Cup, the King will end his very short season at the ATP in Basel. In 2023, the 41-year-old from Basel will probably play a few tournaments again.

In an extensive interview with ‘CLAY’, former ATP number 5 Fernando Gonzalez analyzed Federer’s prospects in detail.

González on King Roger

The former Chilean with the crazy forehand isn’t just anyone.

In 2007, he finished fifth in the world, won 11 track titles and was a finalist at the Australian Open that same year. Of course, when asked by our Clay colleagues, Fernando mentioned the future return of Roger Federer to the pitches, a player he knows very well, having faced him 13 times for just a small win.

“I’m sure he’ll want to say goodbye at some point, but when he comes back I think he’ll be looking for something important. I don’t know how he’s going to be for a five-set match, but going into game three, I’m sure he still has the potential to get there.

Roger knows his body very well, more than any young tennis player. The issue with a physical concern is especially noticeable on restart when it comes time to chain matches. I don’t know if he’ll win a Grand Slam again, but I think he can do something interesting in three-set tournaments.”

Former player Guillermo Perez has hailed Roger Federer as a generation player, calling him the “greatest champion of all time”. “There is no discussion, Federer,” said Perez. “But… everyone (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic) is the greatest champion of all time.

They lasted four generations. (Björn) Borg survived a generation; (Pete) Sampras hits the old one and hits a new one. These guys beat four generations! They will go to the field with the stick and they will keep hitting them. They’re bosses.”

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