Almost a year has now passed since Roger Federer's last appearance in official tournaments, whose return seems to be approaching but to date it is not possible to establish a certain date. The Swiss Maestro, whose presence on the Tour last year was reduced to a flicker, has not set foot on the pitch since July 2021, when he remedied a resounding defeat in three sets by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
final at Wimbledon. In these first months of 2022, however, the Basel champion, who will turn 41year-old in August, has rekindled the enthusiasm and hopes of the fans, posting content on social networks more and more frequently in which he is seen intent on training hard.
The only certainty, at the moment, is his participation in the O2 Arena in London next September for the Laver Cup, as he himself announced last February. Will Roger Federer, on the other hand, be able to return truly competitive even in the most illustrious tournaments? The question was answered by former Spanish tennis player David Ferrer, former finalist at Roland Garros in 2013 and today director of the ATP 500 in Barcelona, told to La Vanguardia: "I'm not saying Roger can't be close to winning a Grand Slam, but he hasn't competed for two years, he won't be seeded and he'll have to play against top-tier players and that wears you out physically."
Federer wants to relive the glory again
Last week, Roger Federer gave a positive update on his recovery by posting a photo of him training in the gym. Andy Roddick, former world number 1 who has faced the Swiss on several occasions, said he was confident of his return this year.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, publishes a report every year in which he takes stock of the past season. In his latest report, the Basel champion assured that his journey as an elite athlete is not over, yet. "After many months of fighting injuries, my return to the tour in March 2021 after my first operation gave me the energy to continue my tennis career.
I am grateful for every minute that I have been able to spend with my fans and my family of tennis players on the court. My experience in Doha has shown me that my journey as an elite athlete is not over yet. The progress I make every day reinforces my belief that I will be healthy and strong enough to return to the tennis court at the highest level," wrote Federer in his annual report. However, the entire season on clay and probably also on grass will be missing.