Roger Federer is ready to return to the field in the ATP 250 in Geneva, which kicks off on 16 May. The Swiss phenomenon had already made himself the author of a brief interlude in Doha a couple of months ago, where he had spent a round defeating Dan Evans in three sets.
The former world number 1, still far behind in terms of physical condition, was then forced to surrender by future tournament winner Nikoloz Basilashvili (also wasting a match point in the decisive stage). The 20-time Grand Slam champion had already anticipated his intention to play some events on clay to put games in his legs ahead of his big goals in 2021, namely Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
The road to the ascent promises to be full of obstacles for King Roger who - in addition to having to face the usual Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - will also have to deal with the main exponents of the Next Gen. In a recent interview for his sponsor 'Uniqlo ', the 39-year-old from Basel spoke in detail about his recovery from the double surgery on his right knee.
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“2021 is going to be an exciting year because normality is getting closer, although it is being very hard because of the virus. I really can’t wait any longer to play matches,” Roger Federer mentioned.
The Swiss star spoke about how his game changed had over the past two decades. He said, “I’m a more balanced player. Over time I have been able to adjust the details in my style of play, my footwork and the technology of my rackets that make me able to play better now than when I was 20 years old”.
The 39-year old then disclosed that he was looking forward to exploring some of the trails himself when he retires, before adding that mountain biking was the latest fad in Switzerland. "Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are by Gstaad in these Bernese Alps," Roger Federer said.
"It's not so brutally up and down, it's more of an even slope, which is great for hiking. The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that's not so famous. When I was injured in 2016 I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Graubunden, where I live now.
One of my goals when I retire is that I'll have time to explore our mountain bike trails," he added. "Mountain biking has really become big in Switzerland."