Roger Federer’s return to the field is less than a month away. The former world number 1 will, in fact, be one of the protagonists of the Laver Cup, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25.
In addition to him, there will also be Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The Swiss champion is absent from Wimbledon 2021, thanks to further surgery on his right knee. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the King, who has not been able to play as much as he would have liked.
Suffice it to say that the Master played just 13 official matches last year, racking up nine wins and four losses. Nadal and Djokovic stole several records from him in this time span: they both overtook him in the all-time Grand Slam rankings, with the Serb also breaking the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
Roger will close his very short season at the ATP in Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions had been canceled due to the pandemic. During a recent interview with ESPN, Chris Evert expressed his opinion on Federer’s comeback.
Chris Evert on Federer’s comeback
«Roger Federer has four kids and he has such a great life in Switzerland and he has… he has established businesses. And just… it would take a Herculean effort to get back to the top, not even No.
1 but back to the top five. I think it would be a Herculean effort, I really do,» Evert said. “With Serena, you kind of…she reveals more about herself and her feelings. And she can be seen on the court. Oh, you know, she’s losing to players she shouldn’t be losing to,» Evert said.
«And you don’t know how much he’s training and he’s getting injured. And you feel like the end is near. But with Roger Federer, I don’t know what he’s doing.» Evert is of the opinion that something decisive can be said about his retirement only after he plays his first proper tournament.
“I don’t know how he is training. I don’t know if he is really anxious and hungry or if he is very satisfied with the life that he leads. really going on with him,» Evert said.
«But I don’t know. I just… like we said before, to each their own. They all leave in their own time and for their own reasons.»