Roger Federer will not take part in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which will be staged at the TD Garden in Boston in a few days. The former world number 1 has had an operation on his right knee for the third time and will not return to the field until 2022.
The Swiss star has played just 13 official matches this season, with the quarterfinals at Wimbledon as his best result last July. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be able to allow himself at least one last runway, in order to close an almost unrepeatable career with dignity.
Over the past year and a half, several of the Swiss Maestro's records have been equaled or even broken. The eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have in fact hooked him at 20 Slam, with the Serbian who even had the chance to put the arrow at the US Open 2021.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade also broke the all-time record by weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Should he triumph in the Big Apple, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
Federer is expected to return to the court in 2022
In a recent meeting with Mercedes, of which he is testimonial, the 40-year-old from Basel commented on the Grand Slam that Djokovic missed by a whisker. Roger said: "Rod Laver is an example for any tennis player, he is a true sports legend.
I am really grateful to him and to all the players of that generation for the work they have done." Federer also added: "It was exciting to see him in the stands in New York for the US Open final, as Novak Djokovic was trying to match his Grand Slam.
I think this feat will be accomplished one day. Me, Novak and Rafael Nadal came very close, but to do so, you also need a bit of luck. In any case, I think Djokovic's 2021 has been a truly exceptional year." Roger's last Grand Slam triumph now dates back to the Australian Open 2018