Fabrice Santoro: "Roger Federer's ease is quite disconcerting"

In a recent interview with the French newspaper La Telegramme, former ATP number 18 Fabrice Santoro confided that he has always admired Roger

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Fabrice Santoro: "Roger Federer's ease is quite disconcerting"

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 take part in the Olympic Games for the last time.

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.

Santoro pays homage to Roger Federer

Santoro said: "Roger Federer is the player I admired the most.

I have always loved his elegance, his fair play and his ability to make easy a sport that is not at all simple. Roger gives the viewer a feeling of ease that is quite disconcerting." Fabrice then went into detail: "A lot of people wonder how Federer managed to stay on the circuit for so long.

The reason is simple: he loves everything about tennis. He likes matches, he likes training and he likes to travel. Tennis has never been a job for him." The Swiss had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.

The King's last seal in a Major now dates back to the Australian Open 2018, although everyone still remembers those two match points wasted at Wimbledon 2019.

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