Roger Federer is expected to return to the pitch in late summer or early autumn for what will be the last round of his extraordinary career. The last two years have been an ordeal for the King on a sporting level, having had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee.
Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (thanks also to a not impossible draw), but was unable to participate for the last time in the Olympic Games.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. Federer will take part in the Laver Cup, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London in late September, and his presence at the ATP in Basel has been confirmed.
In a recent interview with the French newspaper 'La Telegramme', former ATP number 18 Fabrice Santoro confided that he has always admired Roger. Longevity has been one of the hallmarks for Fabrice Santoro.
Santoro pays tribute to Federer
For his elegance, his fair play, his way of making tennis easy when you watch it when it is not at all. He gives an impression of ease which is quite disconcerting." Santoro, who is now 49 years old, stated that Federer was a player who loved every aspect of the game.
"He's someone who loves everything about tennis, whether it's training, matches, pressure, or travelling. He's inhabited by the profession." Roger Federer, the 20 times Grand Slam winner, has been on the sidelines since his defeat in the 2021 Wimbledon championships.
Federer walked out in the quarterfinals of the championship after being outclassed by Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets. Roger Federer, in the interview, spoke about his favorite travel experiences and disclosed how he desires to have more road trips.
He said, “I haven’t done everything in Switzerland, but it always has been a dream of mine to go out and about and discover more. Actually, for that matter, all around the world. Because I have been so much on the planes and you fly over everything.
And you don’t get to feel some of those details. The characteristics of certain city, country, or a route you know”. Federer has signed for the Swiss Indoors Basel 2022, which will commence in October.