Interesting news about Roger Federer arrives. The Swiss champion, who returned to play in ATP Doha and defeated in the quarterfinals by Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (tournament winner), is planning his season which could also be the last of his extraordinary career.
The Swiss, after a year away from the last official match played and fresh from a double knee operation, still needs to get back on track from a physical point of view. For this reason, he had announced at the end of the match in Doha against Basilashvili not to play in Dubai, as well as not being at the starting line of the Masters 1000 in Miami.
Well, according to what was reported by SuperTennis colleague Luca Fiorino, the red-cross champion will not even play on the red clay of Montecarlo (11-18 April). A decision that also affects the talented Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
To understand, at this point, when we will see Roger play, given that his intentions were to play matches on clay before Wimbledon and the Olympics. Jean-Francois Caujolle, tournament director of the ATP Tour 250 event in Marseille, was recently asked whether Roger Federer still has another Wimbledon title in him.
The Frenchman replied in the positive, insisting that the Swiss has the same drive for the sport as he did when he was merely 17 years old.
Caujolle praises Roger Federer
"Why not? Roger Federer is just amazing," Jean-Francois Caujolle said.
"He is as excited as when he was 17 years old so he can win on grass if he is totally fit." Federer's exit at that stage came as a surprise to the Marseille tournament director, who remarked that the 39-year-old could've gone all the way at the 250-level tournament.
"I also thought he could have beaten Nikoloz Basilashvili in Doha and gone far. He is so good for tennis," Jean-Francois Caujolle went on. After his campaign at the 2021 Qatar Open came to an end, Roger Federer admitted that he was not 100% fit yet.
The Swiss added that he lacked match practice, something that he is eager to fix as the season progresses. Roger Federer subsequently pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a tournament that he has won a record eight times.
The 39-year-old is expected to play next during the claycourt season, with one of the three Masters 1000 events likely to be on his schedule. Recently, US Open runner up Alexander Zverev laments being below Roger Federer after Swiss’ absence.