Barring a sensational last-minute defection, Roger Federer will be back on court at the Laver Cup. The fifth edition of the exhibition he founded will take place at London’s O2 Arena from September 23-25. The former world number 1 will try to lead Team Europe to victory alongside Rafael Nadal (whose presence is in doubt), Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The Swiss phenomenon, who has not set foot on a track since Wimbledon 2021, hopes to finish his career with dignity after undergoing another operation on his right knee. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the Swiss who has not been able to play as much and as well as he would have liked.
Suffice it to say that last year the 41-year-old Basel player only played 13 official matches, with nine wins and four losses. As if that were not enough, the Master had to take advantage of the fact that Nadal and Djokovic overtook him in the classification of all the Grand Slams.
In recent days, the Swiss press spread the news that Federer continued to feel pain in his knee. An indiscretion that was confirmed by his agent Tony Godsick: «Roger has felt pain in his knee again, but he continues to train and has no intention of giving up anything.»
A few months ago, the 20-time Slam champion announced that he would also play some tournaments in 2023. At a press conference during the US Open, Stan Wawrinka spoke about the imminent return of his illustrious compatriot: «It has been too long since Roger Federer he last appeared on the court, so I hope he comes back as soon as possible.»
King Roger won 20 Grand Slam titles
It’s the longest and most heated debate in tennis and now the Bryan brothers have given us their verdict on who will be remembered as the greatest player of all time. «For me, it has to be Roger Federer,» Mike told Tennis365.
“Those few years that he was dominating, he barely lost games. The way he does it is always so smooth. He doesn’t sweat, he’s like a zen master. He is also the most relaxed in the locker room. Before a Wimbledon final, he laughs in the dressing room like it’s a Sunday afternoon in the park.
When all is said and done, who knows who will hold all the records, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Roger.»