'When you play against Roger Federer...', says ATP star

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'When you play against Roger Federer...', says ATP star

Uncertainty reigns over Roger Federer's return to the pitch. The Swiss champion last appeared in an official match last May, in the quarter-final match he lost to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon. From that moment on, yet another ordeal began for the 40-year-old Swiss tennis player, who underwent his third knee operation after two in 2020.

The Swiss returned to training and is following a recovery program to return to the field, but his intention is to take all the time necessary and not to force the time to avoid any relapse. In the last period, however, a sort of diatribe has arisen between tennis enthusiasts and King Roger fans: there are those who wonder in what conditions he can return from the injury, given the long absence from the fields and the age of 20 times slam champion (will turn 41 in August); instead there are those who are anxiously waiting to know the possible return date of their idol and to see him on the pitch against NextGen tennis players (Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz above all).

Boris Becker also spoke on the subject, who made some statements about it in a speech to Eurosport. The former German number one defended Federer's choice to return to the pitch despite injuries that have limited him in recent years.

“With Roger, I abstain from my opinion. As long as he thinks he wants to play, then let's let him. We are happy if he will do it again, ”Becker said. The six-time slam champion continued: “He has every right in the world to decide when to play again."

Dominik Koepfer speaks about Federer

ìIn a long interview given to our colleagues from Tennisnet, German player Dominik Koepfer necessarily returned to his match against Roger Federer during the 2021 edition of Roland-Garros.

A duel lost in four very tight sets after 3h40 of play. "Of course it's bittersweet when you play against Roger, you come so close and you don't win. It was probably one of the last chances to beat him I think. He is slowly on his way to retirement.

Nonetheless, it was a great experience. It was also a bit of a shame that it didn't happen in front of spectators. It was during the night session and there was a curfew in Paris, you were not allowed to go out after 9 p.m.

After that it will still be a beautiful memory. But I also know that I have regrets because I had my chances. Looking back, I think I lacked nerve at the end of the match."