Roger Federer is now very close to returning to the field after another two months of hiatus, as his last official matches date back to the Doha tournament at the beginning of March. The Swiss champion has opted for a return to the ATP in Geneva, where he aims to gain pace and confidence ahead of the Roland Garros 2021.
Contrary to expectations, the former world number 1 has chosen to participate in the second seasonal Grand Slam, the start of which has been postponed by a week due to the delicate French health situation. His last appearance in the Parisian Major dates back to 2019, when he reached the semifinals by yielding in three sets to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.
In the event of a 14th triumph in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the very Spanish champion would overtake Roger for the first time in the all-time Grand Slam standings. Interviewed by Swiss television Lemon Bleu, the 39-year-old from Basel provided some updates on his fitness.
In particular, Federer indicated how his knee responds differently to games than to training. He said: "I have played a lot of tennis in the last few weeks, the athletic training has been going well and I have been able to do what I like best, which is to be on the court.
My knee reacts differently after a game than when I train. Now we have to see how I will feel after playing an official match. I would love to go to the Games, even if it is not yet ruled out that they may be canceled due to the health situation.
It would make me proud to win any medal for Switzerland. At the moment, we have the impression that the Olympics will take place, but the situation is very fluid. Not all athletes are convinced that it is a good idea to go to Tokyo, precisely because of the great uncertainty."
Roger Federer recived the vaccine!
From tomorrow Roger Federer will finally be back on the court after more than a year of stoppage in the ATP 250 in Geneva, a place very dear to him: "Now my priority is my return to the court.
I love playing in Geneva and my children have a lot of fun here because they see friends they haven't seen in a long time." Federer, we know, is perhaps the best tennis player in history and one of the most influential characters on the world scene, but for Switzerland he represents a real national hero, so much so that he was recently appointed ambassador of tourism (here his video Don Robert DeNiro).
The figure of him can be crucial at a time when flights and travel are limited by the pandemic. "Sometimes it is a bit exaggerated, but at the same time I find it fantastic. It is very nice because I realize that I am very respected by the Swiss and therefore I am happy to give back as much as possible to Switzerland in my new role."
Meanwhile Roger said he received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Swiss admitted having received Pfizer doses and HE commented: "I am happy to have been able to do this with all the trips I do. I don't want to harm someone else.
We must be careful and be very careful." Roger said it during an interview with Swiss TV Leman Bleu, confirming that he fully understood the true meaning of mass vaccination. As part of the same interview, Federer also talks about the possibility that the Tokyo Olympics will not see the start as feared by the organization.
He said: "Winning a medal for Switzerland would make me very proud. Although the fear of a cancellation due to the pandemic weighs on the morale of the players. Athletes need a decision as to whether the Games will be played or not. In any case, we will discuss it at home. We talk a lot about it with Mirka.