Fans are increasingly impatient to see Roger Federer back on the pitch. The former world No. 1 will be one of the stars of the Laver Cup to be played at the O2 Arena in London from September 23-25. The Swiss star has not set foot on the pitch since Wimbledon 2021 after undergoing a third operation on his right knee.
Despite lengthy rehabilitation, the 41-year-old from Basel never thought of retiring. The 20-time Slam champion has endured a real ordeal over the past two seasons. Suffice it to say that the Helvetian has only played 13 official games in 2021, winning nine and losing four.
A round of 16 at Roland Garros and a quarter-final at Wimbledon were his best results of last season, too small a price to pay for a legend of his caliber. The champion ends his very short season at the Basler ATP, which returns to the calendar after the cancellation of the last two editions due to the pandemic.
Aside from winning all sorts of awards, Federer has always been highly appreciated by fellow tennis players for his kindness. In a lengthy interview for the ATP website, Sam Querrey – who had just retired from tennis – recounted his first meeting with Roger during the 2007 Australian Open.
“I remember like it was yesterday. Roger Federer and I met in the hotel elevator and he welcomed me to the tour,” Sam recalled. “He congratulated me and told me it was a pleasure to see me there. It was a very nice gesture from him,” he added.
Federer and Querrey have met four times on the major circuit, with a record 4-0 in favor of the Swiss. Commenting on Roger’s comeback over the ESPN mics, John McEnroe said: “Even though he’s 41 and hasn’t played in a long time, the pressure on his shoulders will still be tremendous.
From what I’ve heard, he plans to play in 2023 as well. He has earned the right to do as he pleases.”
Federer plays the Laver Cup
It’s the longest-running and most heated debate in tennis and now the Bryan brothers have given us their verdict on who will be remembered as the greatest player of all time.
“For me it has to be Roger Federer,” Mike told Tennis365. “In those few years that he dominated, he hardly ever lost a match. The way he does it is always so smooth. He doesn’t sweat, he just likes a zen master.
He is also the most relaxed in the dressing room. Before a Wimbledon final, he laughs in the dressing room like it’s a Sunday afternoon in the park. When all is said and done who knows who will have all the records but I will always have a special place in my heart for Roger.”