While all of Turin is waiting for the second semi-final of the ATP Finals between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, the Swiss champion Roger Federer is back to talk. The forty-year-old, currently stopped due to injury, spoke to Sky Sport Italia's microphones, releasing interesting statements.
Federer's goal was to compete at the start of next season, but unfortunately things will not go that way. The Swiss player has in fact specified that the course is still long and that he will do everything to play on the lawns of the All England Club in 2022.
"As you know, I shouldn't tell you (laughs, ed)," Federer told his coach Ivan Ljubicic, Sky Sport commentator at the Turin Finals. "It will take some time. It's a bit sad, frustrating and disappointing, but I knew it would take a long time to recover.
I knew what the consequences of the operation would be. My desire is to continue playing tennis at the highest level, but I have to take one step at a time. For now, I focus only on rehabilitation. I have learned a lot in the last few years and I don't want to rush it.
The important thing is to come back, nothing changes a month more or less. I don't want to be in a hurry. The sure thing is that I want to go back, that's what my heart tells me. Thanks to the whole team for their support. I am walking without difficulty and will soon start driving again.
I would like to play in Turin one day."
Federer opens up on Peng Shuai
Roger Federer has become the latest high-profile tennis personality to come forward in expressing concern over the safety and well-being of China's Peng Shuai.
"I hope she's fine," Federer said. "We are all united around her. The tennis tour is my second family. I have been on the pro tour for 20-25 years so I am connected to every ATP and WTA player." Organizers of the Wimbledon Championships, where Peng is a former doubles champion, also released an official statement.
"We are united with the rest of tennis in the need to understand that Peng Shuai is safe," the statement read. "We have been working in support of the WTA’s efforts to establish her safety through our relationships behind the scenes.
Along with the global tennis community," it continued, "We would like Peng Shuai to know that her well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work to gain clarity on her safety."