ATP Basel director leaves doubts about Roger Federer
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Roger Federer's come back to the court is less and less missing. The former world number 1 will be one of the protagonists of the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September.
The Swiss phenomenon will try to lead Team Europe to victory together with Rafael Nadal (whose presence is in doubt), Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. It will be an important opportunity to see the form of the King, who has not played since Wimbledon 2021.
The 41-year-old from Basel has experienced a real ordeal over the past two seasons, having had to deal with a serious right knee problem. Suffice it to say that the Maestro played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four defeats.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at the Championships were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber. A few weeks after Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he had to have knee surgery for the third time in 18 months.
Despite his age and long rehabilitation, Roger never considered retirement.
Federer hasn't played for over a year
Federer 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.
In addition to King Roger, there will also be Carlos Alcaraz, Stan Wawrinka, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Lorenzo Musetti. In an interview with the Swiss portal Baz Sport, Roger Brennwald, director of the Basel tournament, did not think about Federer's state of form: "We know that he is training, but only he can give certain information on his condition." Speaking to ESPN, John McEnroe commented on the imminent return of the Swiss: "I thought he would retire to Basel, but it seems that he wants to play again in 2023.
Roger has earned the right to do whatever he wants. Regardless of his age and the fact that he hasn't played in a long time, the pressure on his shoulders will still be enormous."