The fifth edition of the Laver Cup takes place from September 23rd to 25th at London’s O2 Arena. The event was set to bring together four of the most successful players of the past two decades, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray signings.
Federer has not played since Wimbledon last year and this would be a great opportunity to see him back on the pitch alongside his biggest rivals. Roger’s old rival Alex Corretja can’t wait to see the Swiss back in action and hopes he will be comfortable on the pitch.
Still, Federer could skip the event or just play one match due to ongoing knee problems. Roger underwent third knee surgery last summer and has been recovering ever since. The Swiss is planning to play the Laver Cup and Basel in the coming weeks but his knee isn’t in the best shape yet.
Federer is unhappy with the pace of his progress despite doing everything he can to step on the pitch in London. According to some reports, Roger has water in his knee which causes pain when playing. Federer had remained competitive for two decades, ending the 2019 season in the top-3 after lifting the Masters 1000 crown and reaching the Wimbledon final.
Roger couldn’t keep the same pace in 2020 after suffering a knee injury that ruined his last two and a half years. Federer underwent three surgeries while only playing six tournaments in the last three seasons. Roger underwent two knee surgeries after the 2020 Australian Open semifinals and skipped the rest of the year.
He returned to Doha in March 2021 and played three games ahead of Roland Garros. Roger regained his form and scored three wins in Paris. Satisfied with his progress, Federer withdrew before the duel with Matteo Berrettini to rest his knee for the beloved grass swing.
Roger Federer is scheduled to compete again in London in ten days.
Roger got his earliest exit from Halle after falling in the second round against Felix Auger-Aliassime hoping for a better run at Wimbledon. The veteran stopped the clock on his 22nd appearance at the All England Club.
An eight-time champion toppled Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the quarterfinals as the oldest player of the Open era! Roger faced Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-final battle and suffered his worst Wimbledon defeat.
The Pole defeated the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in Federer’s first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Roger underwent his third surgery a few weeks later and his recovery is still ongoing. The Swiss hopes to compete again and finish his career on his terms.
“I can’t wait to see Roger on the pitch. We’re so excited to see him play; even if it’s just doubles we can’t wait. Hopefully he will be healthy and feeling good. He needs some games , so I think the Laver Cup is the perfect event to play and see how he moves and adapts to his opponents.
It’s very important for tennis to see Roger again. Having the “Big Four” together is like a dream come true; The fans will love it. It’s a different contrast of styles as they all have their own game and personality. It will be so much fun together in the same team,” said Alex Corretja.