Roger Federer is now very close to returning to the field after another two months of hiatus, as his last official matches date back to the Doha tournament at the beginning of March. The Swiss phenomenon has opted for a soft comeback in Geneva, where he aims to gain pace and confidence in view of Roland Garros.
Contrary to expectations, the former world number 1 has chosen to participate in the second Grand Slam of the season, the start of which has been postponed by a week due to the delicate French health situation. His last appearance in the Parisian Major dates back to 2019, when he reached the semifinals by yielding in three sets to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.
In the event of a 14th triumph in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the Spanish veteran would overtake King Roger in the all-time Grand Slam standings for the first time. Interviewed by Swiss television 'Lemon Bleu' a few days after his debut, the 39-year-old from Basel provided some updates on his physical form.
In particular, Federer indicated how his knee responds differently to games than to training.
Roger Federer on his fitness levels
"I played a lot of tennis the last weeks, fitness part was terminated and I could do what I like most, play tennis," Roger Federer stated.
"My knee reacts differently sometimes after a match compared to when I train. So let's see how it goes now in a match." During his recent interaction Federer revealed that he would be happy to win any medal for his nation.
"I would love to play in the Olympics, win a medal for Switzerland, that would make me so proud," added the Swiss. Roger Federer further claimed that while there could always be a situation where the Games are called off, as an athlete you can always choose to skip the event voluntarily.
"At the moment, we have the impression that it will," Roger Federer continued. "We know it's a fluid situation. And also you can also decide as an athlete if you want to go. If you feel there's a lot of resistance, maybe it's better not to go.
I don't know." Over the past two decades, Roger Federer has been the face of tennis for his admirable on and off-court personality. For the same reason, he has a vast following in his home country. “It’s very nice because I find that I am extremely respected by the Swiss people,” Federer admitted.
“This is why I am happy to give back to Switzerland as much as possible now in my role as Ambassador of Switzerland Tourism." At 39, Roger has big plans as a professional tennis player and a citizen of Switzerland and the world. Besides that, he also has high hopes for his acting skills in the recent Tourism ad.