Almost a year has now passed since Roger Federer's last appearance in official tournaments, whose return seems to be approaching but to date it is not possible to establish a certain date. "The Swiss Maestro", whose presence on the circuit last year was reduced to a flicker (he played just five tournaments), has not set foot on the pitch since July 2021, when he remedied a resounding defeat in three sets by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
final at Wimbledon. In these first months of 2022, however, the Basel champion - who will turn 41 in August - has rekindled the enthusiasm and hopes of the fans, posting content on social networks more and more frequently in which he is seen intent on training hard.
The only certainty, at the moment, is his presence at the O2 Arena in London next September for the Laver Cup, as he himself announced last February. Will Roger Federer, on the other hand, be able to return truly competitive even in the most illustrious tournaments? The question was answered by former Spanish tennis player David Ferrer, former finalist at Roland Garros in 2013 and today director of the ATP 500 in Barcelona.
"I'm not saying Roger can't be close to winning a Grand Slam, but he hasn't competed for two years, he won't be seeded and he'll have to play against top-tier players and that wears you out physically," Ferrer told La Vanguardia, according to Sportskeeda.
Last week, Roger Federer gave a positive update on his recovery by posting a photo of him training in the gym.
Stan Wawrinka praises King Roger
In Monte‐Carlo, Stan Wawrinka gave us a great interview to appear in issue 81 of We Love Tennis Magazine at the beginning of May.
We offer you an extract, the one related to his relationship with Roger Federer. A question he has often been asked but to which he always answers with real sincerity. “I have always taken the positive from this situation which is incredible.
I have always been in his shadow, first in Switzerland and then elsewhere, but ultimately who would not be in his shadow? After that evolved when I was more efficient. I made my way. I won Grand Slam tournaments at a time when he won a little less.
Thanks to him, I also won a Davis Cup, a gold medal at the Olympic Games. I was also able to train with him for years. It all counts in a career. We talked a lot about tennis, so in the end, for me, it's all “beneficial” as they say.
Even if we each have our own life but we have been marked by great victories together since the beginning of our career, it creates bonds that will never break.