In a long interview with Tennis Deutschland, well-known journalist Christopher Clarey analyzed Roger Federer's prospects in detail. He said: "The last time Roger Federer was fully healthy he was only one point away from winning Wimbledon, just one point!
In my opinion, he thinks he still has a chance if he gets himself back physically. He didn't do badly at Wimbledon 2021 either, where he reached the quarterfinals at 39 and despite a bad knee. I doubt he can do better than that, there are too many opponents in the way for his dream to come true.
However, it is always difficult to bet against Roger. His sense of humor is often underestimated, he always jokes and likes to laugh in company. In front of the cameras he is the symbol of elegance, but in everyday life he is a very normal man.
Roger Federer is an optimistic person, he has a positive energy similar to that of small children. Right now, his main goals are two: to have his knee fixed so that he can have a normal life with his family and to indulge in one last ride before retiring.
It is not a problem for him to answer uncomfortable questions. People have been asking him about retirement since 2009, when he won Roland Garros and it was thought that he was no longer motivated. His models are players like Laver, Rosewall and Agassi.
I don't think he's doing all this just to play a few games in the Laver Cup. Roger is one who likes competition!"
When Roger Federer will come back on the court
Right knee problems have plagued Roger Federer for the past two seasons.
Suffice it to say that the Swiss star played just 13 official matches last year, proving to be far from the best of him. The former world number 1 reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, far too meager tally for a legend of his caliber.
His run to the Championships ended at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, who took the whim of feeding him a bagel on the Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion reported that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months.
The 40-year-old from Basel hopes to return to action in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (scheduled at London's O2 Arena in late September). We will hardly see him on the pitch at Wimbledon, as reiterated by his historic coach Severin Luthi.