In a long interview granted to Tennis Deutschland, Christopher Clarey, a well-known correspondent for the New York Times, analyzed the moment Roger Federer is going through. Clarey explained: "Roger Federer was only one point away from winning Wimbledon the last time he was really healthy.
From my point of view, he thinks he has one last chance in London if he gets back in good shape. On paper, he did not do badly even in 2021, having reached the quarterfinals at 39 and despite an approximate condition. I doubt he can do better than that, there are too many opponents right now.
However, it is always difficult to bet against Roger." Clarey praised Federer's ability to adapt to all situations: "Roger is like a chameleon, he adapts very well to any situation.He knows how to behave with sponsors, how to interact with journalists and how to interface with his colleagues.
He is a lovely person."
Federer's come back
After undergoing yet another surgery on his right knee, Federer hopes to return to the pitch in late summer or early autumn. The Swiss champion has already made official his presence at the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September.
In that circumstance, the former world number 1 is expected to team up with his great friend and rival Rafael Nadal. The last two seasons have been particularly difficult for the King. Just think that Roger played just 13 official matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses.
His 2021 ended at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks also to a not impossible draw. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse, which forced him to miss the Tokyo Olympics as well.
In these two years, Federer has collected the overtaking of Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors, while Novak Djokovic has snatched the record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.