Roger Federer ended his Laver Cup career in September. Since then, the 20-time Major winner has visited some great venues, enjoying his well-deserved retirement. Roger claimed five consecutive US Open crowns between 2004 and 2008.
The Swiss is back in New York, visiting John McEnroe's training center and pounding on an indoor track. Roger has undergone three knee surgeries since February 2020, playing just six tournaments in the previous three years and unable to compete without injury.
Federer brought together his biggest rivals and friends at the Laver Cup in London in September and played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal. The two legends lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock 3-6 7-6 11-9, after wasting a match point, before an emotional ceremony that sent Roger into well-deserved retirement.
Federer turned 38 in 2019 and finished the season inside the top-3 behind his biggest rivals. The Swiss veteran claimed a Masters 1000 title in Miami and squandered two match points in an epic Wimbledon final that went all the way.
Roger reached the semifinal of the Australian Open in early 2020 and underwent knee surgery a few weeks later. Federer required the second surgery in May, ending the season and hoping for a fresh start in 2021. Roger returned to action after 13 months in Doha last year, playing two games and taking another break until May.
He suffered an early loss in Geneva and reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. Eager to preserve his knee for the grass, Roger withdrew before the clash with Matteo Berrettini and focused on Halle. Federer, who was still feeling the pain, fell in the second round to Felix Auger-Aliassime, suffering his first loss in one of his favorite events, and is not looking good heading into Wimbledon.
Federer was in NY
Roger Federer's game was among the most difficult to break as he barely had any weaknesses in his tennis arsenal, former World No. 6 Nicolas Lapentti opined. "He was that kind of a player where you would play a good shot and a better shot would come back.
It was very difficult to find a weak spot," Nicolas Lapentti said on a recent episode of The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast. "Roger was awesome in all aspects," Lapentti further said. "He was great on the court, he was great off the court, he was unbelievable in the locker room, he used to hang out and be funny and do jokes.
He loved soccer so we talked about soccer. He was all class. Of course, what he did to the tennis world was so amazing. I think no one will ever match what he did," he expressed.