Despite rumors about the possible absence, Roger Federer will be one of the protagonists of the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded, which will be staged at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. In an interview, Mike Bryan crowned Federer as the greatest ever.
He told: "It is not easy to determine exactly who the GOAT is, but I choose Roger Federer. In the years he dominated, he only lost a handful of games in the entire season. The way he played was incredibly smooth. Roger has always had the ability not to sweat, I would compare him to a Zen master.
Also, I've always liked his relaxed attitude in the locker room. Before playing the Wimbledon final, he laughed and joked in the locker room as if it were a Sunday afternoon in the park. Even if many records have been torn from him, Federer will always have a special place in my heart."
The Swiss will close his very short season at the ATP in Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions had been canceled due to the pandemic.
Roger at the Laver Cup?
The former world number 1 will be part of Team Europe, winner of all editions organized so far, together with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the King, who had to deal with a serious right knee injury. After the semifinal reached at the Australian Open 2020, the Maestro was no longer able to play as and as much as he would have liked.
Suffice it to say that the 41-year-old Swiss played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best results last year, far too skinny for a legend of his caliber.
Meanwhile, Nadal and Djokovic overtook him in the all-time Grand Slam standings (reaching 22 and 21 Majors respectively). In the next days we will have the confirm if Roger will play the Laver Cup.