'The way Roger Federer stays fit is amazing', says ATP star

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'The way Roger Federer stays fit is amazing', says ATP star

Roger Federer's appearances on the pitch have been very limited in the past two years. The Swiss star played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four defeats. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.

A few weeks after the Championships, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The former world number 1 has recently resumed training in the gym, but he is still unable to run.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be back in action this summer, but the odds of seeing him at Wimbledon are slim. The 40-year-old from Basel had to greet the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, yet another sign of the end of an era.

Interviewed during the ATP in Pune last week, Aslan Karatsev spent fine words for Federer. The Russian has never hidden that he is inspired by the Swiss legend.

Karatsev praises Roger Federer

"I would go with Roger Federer.

Because he showed fantastic tennis even in this age. I was practicing with him a couple of times. Still, the way how he plays, how he feels the ball, and how he moves is something another level," said Karatsev. Interestingly, this is not the first time Karatsev has showered huge praise on Federer.

In an earlier interview in 2021, calling the Swiss Maestro his "childhood idol," the Russian player seemed absolutely shocked by his fitness. He even expressed his desire to "face him" on the court once.

"His game is unique. He was my childhood idol. The way Roger stays fit is amazing. I do not know how he is able to do it. He is 40 and still moves very well! I would like to face him," stated the Russian back then. Roger Federer and records go hand in hand.

The Swiss maestro has, for the longest time, held some of the most unique records of tennis. One such feather in his cap is being the oldest ATP World No. 1. On 19th February 2018, Roger Federer wrote history as he became the oldest tennis player to be the World No.

1. He was 36 years and 320 days when he achieved this feat. He achieved this feat by winning the 2018 ATP 500 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, also known as the Rotterdam Open. Roger Federer first became the World No. 1 on 2nd February 2004.

He holds the record for most consecutive weeks at the pinnacle of men’s tennis, 237, as well as the record for the oldest World No. 1 he achieved in Rotterdam.