Speaking about this week's Laver Cup, Roger Federer felt sorry for not traveling to Boston and promised that he would watch as many games as possible from his home in Switzerland. The 20-time Major winner and Laver Cup founder said he would call Thomaz Enqvist, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe to check all is well, but it won't be necessary.
Federer surprised everyone and landed in Boston this morning to follow the action from the players' box and enjoy the games at TD Garden. Leading Team Europe to victories in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Federer will skip the Laver Cup for the first time due to injury, underwent the third knee surgery in August and will stay off the court until 2022.
Team Europe will be competing for the first time without anyone from the 'Big 3', but that's not an obstacle for them after collecting six top 10 stars! Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will represent Team Europe in Boston, all born between 1996 and 1998.
Roger has played 11 Laver Cup matches, winning all six in singles and achieving two wins in five doubles clashes, sharing the court with his greatest rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the first two editions. At Geneva 2019, Team Europe beat Team World in the deciding match, keeping the trophy in their display case and making it a fitting celebration.
Davydenko comments on Roger Federer
In a recent interview with Eurosport, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko shared his opinion on the possibility of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal successfully returning from their respective injuries.
"Roger Federer has already done everything, reached such heights," Davydenko said. "He is trying to prove to himself or to someone that he can still win something at the age of 40. But I don’t know what kind of medicines - and medicines are needed for the body to support it and at 40 to be like at 20."
Nikolay Davydenko, who himself struggled with injuries at the back end of his career, also commented on the toll that Roger Federer's body has taken through the years of tennis he has played. "The difference is big, the body is exhausted, he played so much, moved so much," the Russian said.
"To do this at 40, you cannot win purely by tennis alone. A couple of years ago I met with him in Shanghai," Davydenko said. "I asked: 'What is holding your back?' He says: 'Thank God, physics still withstands. The body is trying, if not for the fitness trainer, I would have broken down long ago.' "