As we all know by now, Roger Federer should only return to the pitch in the summer of 2022. After yet another operation, the Swiss spoke in an almost utopian way of returning to the circuit and his presence in the next edition of Wimbledon is in doubt.
Probably that, if present, could represent the last act in an extraordinary career spanning over twenty years that has delighted hordes of fans and enthusiastic crowds. In recent days, fans, professionals and tennis players have spoken about the situation and the future of Roger Federer.
By now we are increasingly aware that we are in the final stages, for the fans the farewell will be painful and also for the aesthetes of the game, who have long admired the kind of Swiss talent. Over the years, Roger has embodied the essence of this game, becoming a messenger of tennis to the world.
No one knows when his official retirement date will be and Roger probably doesn't know either.
Federer will not be playing at the AO
Against that context, while speaking at the Champions Tennis exhibition, former World No.
4 Tomas Berdych said that Roger Federer will be thinking about playing his last tournament for his fans, but he does not need to prove anything to anybody. "He (Roger Federer) maybe wants to come back on court and maybe make the call and whether he's going to play his last tournament, for his huge fan base around the world, but if he doesn't it's fine," Berdych told Reuters.
"He has nothing to prove so it's down to him how he feels and how he wants to do it at the end of the day." He added that Roger Federer's return will not be easy with the younger generation of players gaining confidence and momentum recently.
"He's going to try to prepare himself as best as possible and he's experienced enough to know that it won't happen at one tournament," he said. "But, without matches and being 40 years old, it'll be very difficult to judge your level.
If you are in the middle of your career and you get injured for six months and you do a good preparation basically you know what's going to happen when you start to play. But I think in this situation he needs to be mentally ready to know that it could be just one match, even if he's done everything possible. It's not easy and then the young guys will be there and won't give him any favours."