'I can not wait to see Roger Federer on the court,' says his old rival



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'I can not wait to see Roger Federer on the court,' says his old rival

The fifth edition of the Laver Cup takes place between September 23-25 in London's O2 Arena. The event should gather four of the most accomplished players of the past two decades, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray signed to play.

Federer has not played since the last year's Wimbledon, and this would be a great chance to see him again on the court alongside his greatest rivals. Roger's old rival, Alex Corretja, can not wait to see the Swiss back in action, hoping he will feel good on the court.

Still, Federer could skip the event or play only one match due to ongoing knee issues. Roger embraced the third knee surgery last summer, recovering ever since. The Swiss plans to play the Laver Cup and Basel in the upcoming weeks, but his knee is still not in the best shape.

Federer is unhappy with the pace of his progress, although he is doing everything to step on the court in London. By some reports, Roger has water in his troubled knee, which causes pain when he plays. Federer had remained competitive for two decades and finished the 2019 season inside the top-3 after lifting the Masters 1000 crown and reaching the Wimbledon final.

Roger could not keep the same pace in 2020 after experiencing a knee injury that has ruined his last two and a half years. Federer underwent three surgeries while playing only six tournaments in the past three seasons. Roger underwent two knee surgeries following the 2020 Australian Open semi-final and skipped the rest of the year.

He returned in March 2021 in Doha and played three matches ahead of Roland Garros. Roger found his form again and scored three victories in Paris. Happy with his progress, Federer withdrew ahead of the Matteo Berrettini clash to preserve his knee for the beloved grass swing.

Roger Federer should compete again in London in ten days.

Roger experienced his earliest Halle exit after falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round, hoping for a better run at Wimbledon. The veteran stopped the clock during his 22nd appearance at the All England Club.

An eight-time champion toppled Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era! Roger met Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semi-final and suffered his worst Wimbledon loss.

The Pole beat the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in Federer's first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Roger underwent the third surgery a few weeks later, and his recovery process is still on. The Swiss hopes to compete again and finish his career on his terms.

"I can not wait to see Roger on the court. We are so excited to see him play; even if it's just doubles, we can not wait. Hopefully, he will feel healthy and good. He needs some matches, so I think the Laver Cup is the perfect event to play and see how he moves and adjusts to his opponents.

It's very important for tennis to see Roger back. Having the 'Big Four' together is like a dream come true; the fans will love it. It's a different contrast of styles, as they all have their own game and personality. Combined together in the same team will be so much fun," Alex Corretja said.