Despite being away from the fields for some time now, Roger Federer continues to be an icon and a role model for many athletes. The last two years have been lacking in satisfaction for the King, struggling with the first major injury of his career.
Due to his right knee problems, the former world number 1 only played 13 competitive matches in 2021. The Swiss phenomenon reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, far too meager tally for a legend of the caliber of he.
A few weeks after the Championships, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. Barring further setbacks, the 40-year-old from Basel is expected to return in late summer or early autumn.
For the moment, his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been confirmed. In a recent interview with the newspaper 'Le Temps', Christopher Clarey - a well-known correspondent for the New York Times - spoke at length about the Red Cross legend.
Clarey comments on Federer
The book on Roger Federer by Christopher Clarey, the New York Times journalist, will be available in French soon. Fans will therefore be able to enjoy themselves because the pad is made up of 590 pages.
The author, interviewed by our colleague Laurent Favre from the daily Le Temps, once again expressed his intentions when writing this book and also his admiration for the Swiss champion. “Roger Federer is clearly one of the best players in tennis history, but in the finals he is also a big loser.
But that also contributed to his popularity: people saw him as vulnerable, very human, not hiding his feelings. explains Christophe, who was marked by several qualities of King Roger: “his empathy, his ability to feel others, the atmospheres, to be curious, and his chameleon side, his ability to adapt”.
After a prolonged wait, Swiss Maestro Roger Federer is finally set to make his comeback on the tour at the Swiss Indoors later this year. The Swiss master last played at the 2021 Wimbledon, where he suffered a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
Following the loss, he underwent a third surgery on his knee, which forced him to take a break from the tour. “Roger seriously believes in his comeback and is fighting hard for it. He wants to know it again and not just deliver a PR appearance.
I would never write Roger off”. Maybe he won’t necessarily win another Grand Slam. “But he can always get into the quarter-finals or semi-finals – if he’s healthy”.