Roger Federer, currently stopped due to injury, spoke to Sky Sport Italia's microphones, releasing interesting statements. Federer's goal was to compete at the start of next season, but unfortunately things will not go that way.
The Swiss player has in fact specified that the course is still long and that he will do everything to play on the lawns of the All England Club in 2022. Roger Federer said to his coach Ivan Ljubicic for Sky Sport: "As you know, I shouldn't tell you (he laughs, ed).
It will take some time. It's a bit sad, frustrating and disappointing, but I knew it would take a long time to recover. I knew what the consequences of the operation would be. My desire is to continue playing tennis at the highest level, but I have to take one step at a time.
For now, I focus only on rehabilitation. I have learned a lot in the last few years and I don't want to rush it. The important thing is to come back, nothing changes a month more or less. I don't want to be in a hurry. The sure thing is that I want to go back, that's what my heart tells me.
Thanks to the whole team for their support. I am walking without difficulty and will soon start driving again. I would like to play in Turin one day. It will be difficult to play the Finals next year, because I will miss a good part of the season.
The matches are really good and I see a lot of similarities with London. I am sure that the Italian DNA is giving an extra value to this tournament." Recall that the Swiss has not played since the last edition of Wimbledon where he was defeated in the quarter-finals by the Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz, who beat him clearly in three sets.
Pete Sampras: "Novak Djokovic is the GOAT"
The GOAT debate has been going on for years and in recent months the issue has been touched on several times by tennis fans. Right now we have three phenomena that have made the history of this sport, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and all of them in recent years have destroyed any possible record.
In particular, the number one in the world Novak Djokovic has destroyed almost all the records and a few days ago he was awarded as the tennis player who finished the most seasons, no less than seven, in first place in the ATP Ranking, detaching the American Pete Sampras from this record .
The latter spoke about the record to the microphones of the ATP and told him about the eternal debate that has long distinguished all fans of this fantastic sport. Here are his words: "I was the man of records but he was a lot of me.
He has been more continuous, he has won more tournaments and Grand Slams and has finished the season seven times at number one, I don't think he will ever happen again in this sport." The former American tennis player continued: "Tennis is a single sport, it is not a team sport like almost everything else and if you fall you are alone.
Mentally it's tough and not even the coach can tell you what to do.
The players have to be fully trained and I think you have to be born with the attitude of number 1 and Novak was born into it." Chapter GOAT, Pete continues and states: "Finishing the season at the top seven times is something that we will hardly see again and I think it is worth almost like all the Grand Slams won, it is something that I think Nole will appreciate especially at the end of his career.
He achieved these records both against Roger and Rafa and against the next generation. I was very impressed with his transformation and what he has done over the past ten years is incredible. He was a mentally frail young boy and became the best ever, all these results are proof that he is the best ever."