During an interview in the latest edition of ATP Tennis Radio, David Nalbandian answered a question about Roger Federer's come back on the ATP tour. Federer is struggling with rehabilitation after having undergone yet another operation on his right knee.
The Swiss champion intends 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). Fans are hoping the King can treat himself to a final round of jousting before hanging up his racket.
Physical problems have plagued the 40-year-old Swiss in the last two seasons, preventing him from playing consistently and forcing him to end up under the knife several times. Roger 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.
In the meantime, it has been announced that Federer will take part in the 2022 edition of the ATP in Basel. The eight-time Wimbledon champion experienced a timid comeback last year, managing to play just 13 official matches.
David Nalbandian: "Roger Federer must return for the sake of Tennis"
He said: "Roger Federer has had a lot of problems over the past two years and his appearances on the pitch have become more and more sporadic.
At the same time, I'm sure everyone is looking forward to seeing him back on the court." "Roger is fantastic and it's always a pleasure to see him play. For the sake of our sport, I hope he will be able to return and close on his terms.
Regardless of the result, Federer's presence makes each tournament more special." In a recent interview with MARCA, Ilie Nastase addressed the GOAT question: "If the greatest ever is the one who has won the most Grand Slams, the answer is Rafael Nadal right now.
Federer is impressively talented and has helped boost the popularity of tennis. Novak Djokovic holds several records and has been the great ruler of the last decade. However, Rafa's 21 Majors could earn him the title of GOAT."