'Roger Federer and I grew up together', says former ATP ace

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'Roger Federer and I grew up together', says former ATP ace

Roger Federer said he "definitely" intends to return to top-level tennis in 2023, but added that he had not made any concrete plans beyond his scheduled appearances at the Laver Cup and his home tournament in Basel later this year.

The former world number one, who turns 41 in August, has not played since July last year, when he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz. Earlier this year, Federer confirmed his plans to team up with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London, before competing in the Swiss Indoors tournament.

"Yes, definitely," Federer told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper when asked if he wants to return to the ATP tour in 2023. "How and where, I don't know yet. But that would be the idea." "I haven't planned more than the Laver Cup and Basel yet.

After Basel, the season is over anyway. It's important for me to get back in shape so I can fully train. Once I've done that, I can choose how" how many tournaments I play and where. "The Laver Cup is a good start, I don't have to play five games in six days.

I will be able to do it in Basel. But I'm hopeful, I've come a long way. I'm not too far away..." Federer's Laver Cup teammate Nadal demolished Norway's Casper Ruud to claim a record-extending 14th Roland Garros crown earlier this month, and Federer was full of praise.

for the achievements of Spanish. "Overall, it's unbelievable what Rafa has achieved," Federer said. "Pete Sampras' record, which I broke, was 14 Grand Slam titles. "Now Rafa has won the French Open 14 times.

That is incredible. I was happy for him because he did it again. Congratulations to Rafael. After the tenth, the eleventh time, I already thought: 'This can't be' He keeps raising the bar."

Hewitt talks about King Roger

In a video posted by the Tennis Hall of Fame, Lleyton Hewitt spoke about how tough winning that semifinal was since Roger Federer was in top form during that period.

"One of my biggest results was in the 2003 Davis Cup semifinal. We were playing against Switzerland. We were up two rubbers to one. But I was out there against Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena and Roger and I grew up together.

We're the same age, so we knew each other extremely well. But mentally, it was a tough challenge for me because I had lost first round at Wimbledon, as the defending champion only a couple of months before that and Roger went on to win his first Wimbledon. So he was the form player in the world at the time," Hewitt said.