Despite not having been able to compete in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, Roger Federer still flew to Boston to support Team Europe. The result of the contest has never been in question since the first day, with the selection led by Bjorn Borg winning the cup very clearly.
The former world number 1 was seen walking on crutches at the TD Garden and he himself admitted that it will take several months to see him again on the pitch. King Roger played a pittance of 13 competitive matches in 2021, interrupting his season after reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
A relapse in his right knee forced him to undergo his third operation in the last year and a half, with the hope of being able to treat himself to at least one final catwalk in 2022. In a long interview with Jonathan Heaf for GQ Magazine, the 20-time Grand Slam champion touched upon a wide variety of topics.
The Swiss champion also dwelt on the problems of Naomi Osaka, who has been dealing with depression since 2018. Federer said: "I think sometimes the pressure on the athletes is definitely too much." "I have followed Emma Raducanu’s incredible ride in New York and Naomi Osaka’s journey over the past few years.
Both of their stories have been fantastic, even if they have had to go through some difficult times." Social media has had a huge impact on the world of sports. "The stress level has increased exponentially since I was very young.
In the first ten years of my life there were no social networks and there were very few websites. In a very short time, our life was literally turned upside down by the growth of social networks. In this regard, the relationship between players and media should be reviewed.
I think I'm one of the athletes who has had the most interactions with the press ever. We are professional athletes and we must respect our role, but we must not forget that we are also human beings," said Roger.
Roger Federer updates on his knee injury
Although absent on the court, he certainly could not miss Boston to attend the fourth edition of the Laver Cup as a spectator and founder: Roger Federer becomes a protagonist in his own way in the United States.
During the first day he was greeted with a long and warm applause from the audience in the stands, as soon as the cameras found him and framed him, while a few hours before the last matches of the competition he wanted to talk about a couple of aspects to Jim Courier's microphones.
The Swiss champion is struggling with the long recovery from the new knee injury, which he had decided to undergo after Wimbledon and to abandon the idea of returning to play this season 2021. The 40-year-old tennis player still wants to achieve important results in the ATP circuit and will try to do so in the next season, when he will try in every way to be super competitive again, at the level of his rivals.
The Basel native commented on his appearance at the event, which pitted as always the Europe team of Bjorn Borg and Rest of the World led by John McEnroe. He said: "I wasn't sure I could be there. In the end we thought it would be very nice and special to be able to do it without anyone knowing.
Everyone is happy to see me here. They wished me all the best. They don't even see the crutches, they just want to see good things and enjoy this weekend." As for the tennis played, he added: "So far in this tournament I have seen an incredible level, some great matches and all of this is wonderfull."
Then he analyzed his current physical state: "We made a very difficult decision, because I had already had a couple of knee operations before last year. I was really unhappy with how things turned out in London. I was far from my best level.
Eventually this happened and I will have to go step by step. First of all I have to walk correctly, then run, take lateral steps, agility work and then I will start training on a tennis court. It will take me a few months and then we will see how things go next year, but I have to take my time.
I don't want to take shortcuts or anything like that. I want to make sure I can do whatever I want, with no particular rush. However, the worst of this injury is over."