During a recent interview with Sportklub, Blaz Kavcic told a nice anecdote about Roger Federer. Kavcic said: "Roger Federer walked up to me and asked me if I was available to play a training set against him. I won 7-5 and obviously Roger wanted a rematch right away.
We did another set and he won 6-3. We laughed when he recognized my coach Blaz Trupej." "He remembered him, since they had played against each other back in 1999. Federer wanted to continue playing the next day due to the darkness, but Trupej couldn't because he had a tennis lesson in the morning," recalled Kavcic, who trained frequently with the King in Dubai.
He then also added: "They prepared a surface identical to that of the Australian Open, it was just for him. They even asked him what the temperature was in Melbourne Park at the time the tournament was being played. Federer is an absolute icon of this sport."
Roger Federer's come back
Over the past two seasons, Roger Federer's appearances on the pitch have been meager due to a serious right knee injury. The Swiss phenomenon played just 13 official matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses.
His big goals were Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, but it quickly became apparent that the King was too far from his best condition. The former world number 1 reached the quarter-finals on Church Road, thanks also to a not impossible draw.
His run came to a halt in front of Hubert Hurkacz, who even handed him a bagel in the third set. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in 18 months.
Barring sensational and unlikely twists, the 40-year-old from Basel will not participate in the 2022 edition of the Championships. For the moment, Roger has confirmed his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel.