'The way Roger Federer does is it always so smooth', says former ace

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'The way Roger Federer does is it always so smooth', says former ace

Roger Federer will close his very short season at the ATP in Basel, which returns to the calendar after the last two editions have been canceled due to the pandemic. In addition to Roger, there will also be Carlos Alcaraz, Stan Wawrinka, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Lorenzo Musetti.

In an interview granted to the Swiss portal Baz Sport, Roger Brennwald, director of the Basel tournament, did not comment on Federer's form. He said: "We know that he is training, but only he can give certain information about his status."

Speaking to ESPN, John McEnroe commented on the Swiss' imminent return: "I thought he would retire in Basel, but it looks like he wants to play again in 2023. Roger has earned the right to do whatever he wants. Because of his age and the fact that he hasn't played in a long time, the pressure on his shoulders will continue to be huge."

Less and less is missing for the return of Roger Federer to the slopes. The former world number 1 will be one of the protagonists of the Laver Cup, the exhibition that he founded, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25.

The Swiss phenomenon will try to lead Team Europe to victory alongside Rafael Nadal (whose presence is in doubt), Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. It will be an important opportunity to see the form of the Swiss who has not played since Wimbledon 2021.

The 41-year-old from Basel has experienced a real ordeal in the last two seasons, having to deal with a serious problem in his right knee.

Mike Bryan pays tribute to Federer

It is the longest running and most heated debate in tennis and now the Bryan brothers have given us their verdict on who will be remembered as the greatest player of all-time.

“For me it has to be Roger Federer,” Mike told Tennis365. “Those few years when he was dominating, he barely lost any matches. The way he does is it always so smooth. He doesn’t sweat, he just like a zen master.

He is also the most relaxed in the locker room. Before a Wimbledon final, he laughing in the dressing room like it’s a Sunday afternoon in the park. When it’s all said and done, who knows who will have all the records, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Roger”.