Roger Federer: 'If I'm not 100 percent physically, I know...'

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Roger Federer: 'If I'm not 100 percent physically, I know...'

Roger Federer has skipped almost the entire last year and a half, especially thanks to the two operations on his right knee which he underwent in 2020. The Swiss phenomenon played his last Grand Slam at the Australian Open 2020, when he reached the semifinals by giving up in three sets to number 1 ATP Novak Djokovic.

Few imagined that this would be King Roger's last game in the next 14 months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion would have been ranked outside the Top 300 had the traditional ranking remained in place. Normally, the ATP ranking works on the basis of the best 18 results obtained over a period of 52 weeks.

Due to the dire consequences of the global pandemic, however, the system has been modified to help players overcome all the hardships that such a period entails. In a recent interview with 'RTS' in that Geneva, the 39-year-old from Basel admitted how the new ranking was an advantage for him.

At the same time, King Roger stressed that the most important aspect for him is to return to 100% physical condition.

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"Everybody is playing completely now," Roger Federer said.

"The only help I might have had is the ranking. I should be 800th because I didn’t play, I'm still top 8. Okay, that’s good for being seeded. But it doesn’t change anything for me: if my knee isn't 100 percent, if I'm not 100 percent physically, I know I won’t be good enough.

But I know that if I'm 100 percent, I'm far better than 800th," the Swiss said. "Let’s see how the two next months will happen. Happy to see that [coronavirus protocols] will start to relax again this week in Geneva."

Roger Federer also talked at length about his participation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the fate of which hangs in the balance due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan. "We barely hear about them at the moment, I heard that a lot of people were against the games in Tokyo," Federer said.

"Two percent of the Japanese population seem vaccinated. I'm between two schools," he added. "I would be so happy to play and win a medal for Switzerland. But if it can't happen because of the situation, I will be the first to understand it."

The Geneva Open 2021 is well underway, and it is Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer who is grabbing all the headlines. He played his first match of the tournament today against Spanish player Pablo Andujar. Much to the Grand Slam champ’s disappointment, the Spaniard won the match 6-4 4-6 6-4 in close to two hours.