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 Swiss Maestro, who instead continued to work with the aim of returning to the court. 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 like him.
Host of Holding Court, the podcast hosted by Patrick McEnroe, Jose Higueras recalled his collaboration with Federer.
Federer is still in the recovery phase
He explained: "Roger Federer cannot be compared with the other players on the Tour.
We are talking about a unique tennis player who made the history of this sport. If you give him some advice, he will think about it, being one of those guys who are always so thirsty to learn. When I first met Roger, we started watching match videos of him.
It was then that I realized that he hardly ever played the straight drop shot on clay. We talked for a long time about the advantages that could have guaranteed him that shot. Having a third option, in addition to the cross forehand and long line, would further destabilize his opponents.
After that conversation, it didn't take long for him to start adopting that solution on the court." Federer was overtaken by Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.