Roger Federer: 'It used to be a playground for me but...'

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Roger Federer: 'It used to be a playground for me but...'

Roger Federer is expected to return at the end of the summer or the beginning of the autumn, in order to treat himself to one last round of the joust before hanging up the racket. The last appearance of the Swiss was almost a year ago, more precisely at Wimbledon 2021, when he surrendered to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

The Pole took away the satisfaction of even giving the King a bagel on Center Court. His right knee has heavily affected Roger over the past two seasons, preventing him from playing as and as much as he would have liked. Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.

A few weeks after the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he will have to operate on his knee for the third time in 18 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will take part in the Laver Cup, held at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September, and at the ATP in Basel in the autumn.

During a long interview with the Swiss magazine 'Coopzeitung', Federer explained how his approach to tennis has changed over the years.

Federer has been absent since Wimbledon last year

"[What the the tennis court means to me] has changed.

It used to be a playground for me but today it's more of a place of work - which sounds kind of wrong, but it's still cool because it means that I was able to turn my hobby into a job," Roger Federer said. "Every now and then, just for fun, I say to my family when a training session or a game is due: 'Bye guys, I'm going to the office now!'" Andy Murray is one of the most decorated tennis players on the circuit right now.

Another player with injury issues in recent past, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has been absent for nearly a year from competitive action. “It’s always difficult to know when the end is. Obviously, people have been talking about it for many years.

The next generation have come through, [but] the same guys are still winning the Grand Slams and I’d love to see Roger back competing again. I don’t know his situation, but I believe he will get back to competing.

I don’t know how long for, but I really hope we can play another tournament together. It’s been a long time,” he concluded.