Roger Federer will not take part in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which will be staged at the TD Garden in Boston in a few days. The former world number 1 has had surgery on his right knee for the third time and will not return to the field until 2022.
The Swiss star has played just 13 official matches this season, with the quarterfinals at Wimbledon as his best result last July. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be able to allow himself at least one last runway, in order to close an almost unrepeatable career with dignity.
Over the past year and a half, several of King Roger's records have been equaled or even broken. The eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have in fact hooked him at 20 Grand Slams, with the Serbian who even had the chance to put the arrow at the US Open 2021.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade also broke the all-time record by weeks in top of the ATP ranking. Should he triumph in the Big Apple, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
In a recent meeting with Mercedes, of which he is testimonial, the 40-year-old from Basel commented on the Grand Slam that Djokovic missed by a whisker.
Federer pays tribute to Rod Laver
“For me, Rod Laver is an absolute, true legend of the game and not only him but his whole generation of players,” Roger Federer told Mercedez-Benz.
“I’m really thankful for everything they have done back in the day. It was nice to see him again at the US Open in the finals watching Novak trying to equal his counted Grand Slam. I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again.
We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.
We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional”. Roger Federer, whose management company TEAM8 helps organize the Laver Cup, has competed in all three previous editions of the team competition.
"Look, I'm disappointed. I'm going to miss the guys, I'm going to miss the team, the spirit, the fans, the weekend, just everything that goes with it - cheering on my fellow players," Federer said.