Fans are hoping Roger Federer can treat himself to a final round of jousting before hanging up his racquet. After being eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 2021, the Swiss phenomenon underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time in 18 months.
Many feared that this new setback would lead to the withdrawal of the King, who instead continued to work with the aim of returning to the field. The former world number 1 is expected to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September).
Last week, Roger's participation in the Basel ATP was officially announced. The 40-year-old from Basel played just 13 matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
Host of 'Holding Court', the podcast hosted by Patrick McEnroe, Jose Higueras recalled his collaboration with Federer.
Higueras on Roger Federer
"It's tough to compare Roger Federer with anybody. He is so unique in everything - how he goes about his game, off the court," Higueras said.
"He likes to feel the ball on his racquet strings, he likes to experiment. If you tell him something, he will digest it, he will think about it and [he is one of] those guys who are always so thirsty to learn." During the interview, Jose Higueras brought up another incident involving Roger Federer to showcase the Swiss' willingness to experiment.
"When I first met Roger, we started watching tapes of his matches, from one afternoon till one or two in the morning. That's when I realized that he never hit a forehand drop shot on clay," Higueras said. "So, I asked him, "Roger, why don't you use your drop shot on the forehand side?" He said, "Why would I do that? I have a huge forehand!
So we got into a conversation about the advantages of favoring that shot. People think it is not an offensive shot, but it's an extremely offensive shot. I said to him, "Just imagine you're playing someone who is 10 feet behind the baseline.
You have two shots to hit, down the line or a cross-court forehand. But if you have a third option, it’s going to force the other guy to change his position." [After that], it didn't take him too long to actually start using the shot," Higueras said.