Despite being away from the circuit for some time, Roger Federer continues to be a source of inspiration for his younger colleagues. The last two seasons have been very complicated for the Swiss phenomenon, struggling with a serious injury to his right knee.
The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins and four losses. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the King had to miss the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee relapse. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had to operate for the third time in 18 months, but he never gave up on his desire to return to the field.
The 40-year-old from Basel is expected to return to the Laver Cup, scheduled at London's O2 Arena at the end of September. The Swiss will also take part in the ATP in Basel, the last two editions of which have been canceled due to the pandemic.
On the Tennis Channel microphones, Brandon Nakashima was asked who he'd like to be trapped in an elevator with. The choice of him fell on Federer.
Federer is a true legend
"I'd probably say Roger Federer. Being stuck in an elevator with him would be cool.
I'd just probably ask him what his mind goes through when he's out there competing, just to see what he's thinking out there, how he's playing and stuff," Nakashima said. Since the time he turned pro in 1998, Federer has been a player that the whole world looks up to.
Climbing the ladder of success in the most rapid way, Federer today stands as one of the greatest players of all time. Last year at the 2021 Wimbledon, Federer was eyeing his 9th title, when he suffered a quarterfinal loss.
Post the loss, he had to undergo a third surgery on his knee. The Swiss grace has been out of the tour ever since then. Having one of the most gracious careers, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Federer is one of the most well-known tennis players in the world.
Taking that into consideration, he is also one of the most profitable celebrity faces for brand endorsements. Being an endorser of a number of brands, Federer made $80 million out of the total $80.7 million from endorsements.
Michael Costa asked Nakashima when was the last time he felt surprised, to which the American said he was caught off guard when playing against Rublev. He stated that he was surprised at how hard the Russian hit the ball on the court.
"Couple of weeks ago I was playing a match, and, I was absolutely getting blown off the court, didn't know what to do out there. I was playing Rublev, he's the number 5 in the world now. I was just pretty surprised, how hard he was hitting the ball out there and it caught me a bit off guard," Nakashima said.