In just one hour, more than 142 thousand people have "liked" the latest video published by Roger Federer on Instagram, it is a sequence of images in which the Swiss appears training on clay with an impressive and unique mobility, hitting forehand and backhand with the usual ease and with a moving background song by the group "Lost Frequencies", with which the champion of 20 Grand Slams confirms his desire and his joy to continue working to return to the top of the competition, that lap that will take place in approximately ten days when he disputes the ATP 250 in Geneva and then Roland Garros.
The 2009 Roland Garros champion decided to return in a less demanding scenario to take a competitive pace and decided to get off the Masters 1000 tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, but he will play in his country, a tournament that will not have an audience, and Roland Garros, aiming for the best possible preparation for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, where he will seek glory once again.
"I will do everything I can to get back to the top of world tennis after my operations. I have been away from the circuit for a long time preparing for this goal. As long as I'm happy and healthy, I'll keep playing.
Many ask me how many years I have left to compete and, to be honest, I don't know, "said the Swiss recently, who played his last tournament at the ATP 250 in Doha a couple of months ago. While Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the men's game for over a decade and a half, a newer generation of players has been knocking on the door in the recent past.
In that context, former World No. 1 and Career Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi recently gave his thoughts on the difference between the Next Gen and the Big 3.
Andre Agassi on the Big 3
"The next generation is on its way," Andre Agassi said during an appearance on the 'The Ranveer Show' podcast.
"You look at Zverev, you look at Thiem. I mean, these guys, I think they realise now that they can't afford to respect the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) as much as they have been." The eight-time Slam champion went on to lavish rich praise on Roger Federer and his unique traits.
Agassi cited the 2005 US Open final in this regard, and talked about the all-rounded nature of Federer's game. "Roger Federer, for example, I mean, I played him in the finals of 2005 US open and there was no safe place on the court," Agassi said.
"At the time he probably had the best forehand in the world. He always aced Roddick more than Roddick aced him. So you have to give his serve credit; you have to give his return credit; his movement was a joke; his hands at the net were a joke; the versatility (was such) that he might have had five things individually better than everybody else on tour."