'I hope Roger Federer recovers because...', says ATP star

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'I hope Roger Federer recovers because...', says ATP star

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played very little this 2021. The Swiss phenomenon returned to the field last March in Doha, hoping to be able to compete for another Grand Slam title. The dream of the 40-year-old from Basel shattered in the face of reality, as his countless fans began to wonder if their idol should not retire.

The former world number 1 scored just 13 official matches this year, with the best result being the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last July. A relapse in his right knee prevented him from competing in the Tokyo Olympics, one of his main goals of the season.

A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to have knee surgery for the third time in the past year and a half. Nadal also had to deal with multiple physical problems, first with his back and then with his foot.

This latest injury prompted him to close the season early to recover for 2022. In a recent interview with MARCA, Mutua Madrid Open director Feliciano Lopez analyzed the moment Roger and Rafa are experiencing. The Iberian hopes to see them both again in the Spanish capital, which will host the Masters 1000 at least until 2030.

Lopez on Nadal and Federer

“We hope to see Rafael Nadal in the next edition. He is still young and has shown that he can overcome injuries,” Feliciano Lopez said. “He will be welcome because he is the most beloved player in the tournament”.

Furthermore, the 39-year-old Spaniard also spoke about the Swiss maestro. Notably, after the Wimbledon quarterfinal loss, Roger Federer concluded his 2021 season because of his knee injuries. “I hope Federer also recovers because that will mean that we have all the best available for the tournament,” Lopez added.

Let’s see if the two get ready to compete on clay in the Spanish capital. It was at Roland Garros that Nadal aggravated his chronic foot injury, ruling him out of the Tokyo Olympics as well as the entire grasscourt season.

Nadal returned to action at the Citi Open in August but struggled with foot problems once again. The Mallorcan lost in the third round to Lloyd Harris, after which he returned home to Spain to consult his team and his doctors.

Soon after, Nadal announced that he was bringing an end to his season to fully recover from his injury. As things stand, the Spaniard has undergone some kind of treatment on his foot but has not opted for surgery.