'Roger Federer's confident in his recovery', says former No.1

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'Roger Federer's confident in his recovery', says former No.1

Carlos Alcaraz has slipped into the top ten after his success at the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona. The young and talented Spaniard has become one of the best tennis players on the circuit and will seek to make his mark next week at the Masters 1000 in Madrid.

Alcaraz has been framed in the upper part of the table along with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The 18-year-old from Murcia will face one of Nikoloz Basilashvili or Fabio Fognini in his debut. If he wins, he could face Cameron Norrie in the round of 16.

The Briton will have to overcome competition from John Isner and Filip Krajinovic. In the quarterfinals, the hypothetical confrontation with Nadal is the dream of all tennis fans. The two precedents are favorable to the Mallorcan, who defeated Alcaraz the first time in Madrid.

The semifinal of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, however, was very balanced and showed the progress of Alcaraz, who forced his rival to the third set. In a long interview with the television program "El Hormiguero", the Spaniard recounted some episodes related to his private life.

"I haven't been able to go to many parties, but apart from that I haven't missed much. When I go back home I forget that I'm a professional tennis player and I come back as a normal guy," Alcaraz said of his adolescence. "Money? My parents take care of that." Roger Federer has been beset by knee injuries since 2016.

After the first significant injury layoff of his legendary career in the second half of 2016, Federer made a triumphant return to action in 2017.

Federer returned to action in Doha in 2021

Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick is confident that his good friend and long-time rival Roger Federer will return to action soon.

Speaking to Tennis Channel, Roddick said he was confident about seeing the Swiss star back in action soon. "We're gonna see him back on court again. He wouldn't post something like this unless he's confident in his recovery," the former Grand Slam winner said.

The Swiss star won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and successfully defended his title Down Under in 2018. In the process, he became the oldest World No. 1. A year later, Federer squandered championship points on serve against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon en route to a five-set defeat.

"I should be able to start running again in January and return to the court again in March or April," Federer said.