A few weeks to see Roger Federer again on the court, the Swiss tennis player is confident that he can once again be a protagonist on the ATP circuit. The current world number seven, 39, continues to prepare for his next commitments, although his goal is clear that it passes through Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021, although before he will have two stops on brick dust including Roland Garros .
"I will do everything I can to get back to the top of world tennis after my surgery. I have been away from the circuit for so long to prepare for this goal. As long as I am happy and healthy, I will continue to play tennis.
Many ask me how many years I have left competing and if I'm honest, I don't know, "said the Swiss in statements taken up by" Break Point. "Federer has barely played two games in more than a year. After the break of more than a year due to Covid-19 and the surgeries he underwent, he returned only after the Australian Open within the ATP 250 in Dubai, where he managed to beat the British Daniel Evans in his first commitment and later fell into the hands of the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
In the end, the lack of activity ended up taking its toll on the winner of 20 Grand Slams. Now, when he was expected to skip the clay tour, he decided to sign up for the ATP 250 in Geneva and later at Roland Garros, where he will be far from being one of the favorites.
Veteran tennis coach Paul Annacone has weighed in on his former disciple Roger Federer’s biggest strength, saying his love for the sport has helped him be one of the leading lights of contemporary men’s tennis even as in the twilight of his career.
Paul Annacone on Roger Federer
“I think Roger Federer's greatest strength as a player and a person is his perspective. I mean, I think he really understands life and because he understands life and the ability to prioritize things and pragmatism with which he approaches stuff has allowed him to do what he loves for this long,” Paul Annacone said.
According to Annacone, what gives Federer the urge to train for another season of tennis is that he hasn’t grown out of love for the sport or weary of it at 39 as his another illustrious, former pupil Pete Sampras did at 29 or 30.
“He doesn’t have the emotional drain at 39 that Pete had at 29 or 30,” Annacone said, adding that while it doesn’t make one better than the other, it does speak volumes about the contrasting personalities of the two tennis greats.