During an interview for AS, Tommy Robredo came back to talk and praise Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Robredo analyzed: "When I started playing the first Grand Slam tournaments, you would get around € 6,000 if you got knocked out in the first round.
Now you earn 60,000. This change was also propitiated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who managed to transcend tennis. Rafa's triumphs have attracted big sponsors to Spain and have favored the birth of several tournaments.
Without him I would have won a few more games, but I certainly wouldn't have had the same life. I am calm because I know I have given 100%, and this is the most important thing. The future of Spanish tennis? It is not necessary to compare every player to Rafa.
Young people like Carlos Alcaraz, but also expert tennis players like Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta, have to think only of their path. There is absolutely no need to burden them with excessive responsibility."
Robredo: "We have to be grateful to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal"
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent knee surgery for the third time in 18 months, hopes to return in late summer or early autumn.
For the moment, his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been confirmed. Roger Federer wants to treat himself to one last round of the merry-go-round before hanging up his racket. The former world number 1 has struggled a lot to find the right continuity in the last two years, thanks to a serious injury to his right knee.
The Swiss champion played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics were his big seasonal goals, but the King was too far from the best shape to be able to increase his showcase.
The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at the Championships were his best results, far too thin a booty for a legend like him.