We missed tennis and got it back. We had to wait a little longer to see Rafael Nadal again on the pitch, but he too returned for clay tournaments. Now, for everything to be as before, or almost, only he is missing, the Basel master, Roger Federer.
The very Swiss champion, who underwent two knee operations this year, has already announced for some time that his 2020 would end early. A few weeks ago, Federer himself claimed to have started training again in very short sessions.
The recovery seems to be proceeding well, so much so that Severin Luthi, former captain of the Swiss Davis Cup team and his close collaborator for years, seemed quite certain that the return to the field will take place at the Australian Open.
Asked which player would be the hardest to beat at the ATP Tour Finals this year, former World number 1 Andy Murray invoked his ‘embarrassing’ loss to Roger Federer.
Andy Murray on his loss to Roger Federer
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has opened up on his crushing defeat to Roger Federer at the 2014 Tour Finals.
Seeing the funny side of the 6-0, 6-1 loss, Andy Murray said, “It was absolutely horrible-ugly. I felt a little embarrassed on the court. I was down 6-0, 5-0 and I managed to win a game and lost 6-0, 6-1,” Murray said.
“I was embarrassed eleven when I won the game – the match was over, the match was done!” the Scot recalled. He said the loss was especially hard to stomach as it happened in front of a packed home crowd. “I think everyone that was in there was pretty disappointed as well, the people that bought tickets and stuff.
I showered and came out of the locker room and Jose Mourinho was there standing in the hallway. He just gave me a hug, he didn’t say anything, he just hugged me.That made me feel a little bit better,” Murray recalled.
Roger Federer delighted fans after posting a picture of him back at training after a long lay-off due to a reoccurring knee injury. Federer has been out of action since the Australian Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.
The 20-time Grand Slam champ also announced during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown he would be taking the rest of 2020 off after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. But after spending the majority of 2020 on the sidelines, Federer posted a photo of him back at training.