Roger Federer: 'I have been absolutely painlessly for a while'

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Roger Federer: 'I have been absolutely painlessly for a while'

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won 40 Grand Slam titles together. With the success in the last edition of Roland Garros, the Spaniard has reached the Swiss at 20 at the top of the special ranking of tennis players who have won the most 4 major tournaments in the world.

This is perhaps the photograph of the greatness of two players who have written a page in the history of sport that has already become eternal. An exceptional rivalry, a confrontation between two different but parallel worlds that has divided but at the same time united the fans, giving emotions and entertainment, without ever ignoring an attitude that is anything but taken for granted, namely respect towards the opponent.

Roger Federer has given a fitness update following his double knee surgery earlier this year, saying he remains on track to play at next year’s Australian Open.

Federer on his comeback

“I’m on the right track, I’m gradually coming back, but don’t put any pressure on myself and will take my time,” Roger Federer told Schweizer Illustrierte.

“I will only enter a tournament when I am one hundred per cent fit. It currently looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January”. He added: “[Hitting] more than two hours with the racket are not possible at the moment.

But I’ve been working on my stamina and strength and I have been absolutely painlessly for a while. There will be no further operations”. Meanwhile, a push to rename Basel's main sports arena after local tennis superstar Roger Federer fell through on Monday (Oct 19) after it failed to garner enough signatures.

The idea to change the arena's name has been floating around since 2012 but all attempts have so far flopped. The initiators believe the move would have a positive impact on the city, tourism and tennis. They nonetheless submitted their petition to the Basel City cantonal authorities on Monday in the hope that the request will be met.

The last time Federer played the Swiss Indoors and failed to reach the final was in 2003. He topped the 2020 Forbes magazine list of highest-paid global athletes, raking in pre-tax earnings of US$106.3 million (S$144.3 million) - with US$100 million coming from appearance fees and endorsement deals.

Federer not only tops the tennis money list, but is also the world’s highest paid sportsman. In the past year, up until June 2020, Federer earned more than footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, and legendary basketball superstar LeBron James.