Roger Federer news: 20 time Grand Slam winner still in with a chance at Wimbledon
Even though Roger Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since the Wimbledon Championships last year after undergoing knee surgery in August, pundits are still hopeful that the former world No 1 will make an appearance at SW19.
The Swiss player withdrew from last year’s US Open due to his recovery from surgery and hasn’t been seen on court since he announced that he would be out of the game for “many months.”
As a result of this time away from the sport, he has dropped to world No 44, while Novak Djokovic has managed to keep hold of the No 2 position despite only now playing in his second tournament of the season and Rafael Nadal is currently world No 4 thanks to his Australian Open and Indian Wells wins.
But journalist Christopher Clarey doesn’t think the six time Australian Open winner’s 2022 season should be written off.
“The last time Roger Federer was fully healthy he was only one point away from winning Wimbledon, just one point – in my opinion he thinks he still has a chance if he gets himself back physically, he didn’t do too badly at Wimbledon 2021 either where he reached the quarterfinals at 39 and despite a bad knee, I doubt he can do better than that, there are too many opponents in the way for his dream to come true,” Clarey said in an interview with Tennis Deutschland.
“However it is always difficult to bet against Roger, his sense of humour is often underestimated, he always jokes and likes to laugh in company, in front of the cameras he is the symbol of elegance but in everyday life he is a very normal man.
“Roger Federer is an optimistic person, he has a positive energy similar to that of small children.”
While the other members of the Big Three don’t look like stopping anytime soon and hanging up the racket, Clarey thinks Federer definitely wants to come back to the sport but he probably won’t hang around for long, however he won’t want to just limp out quietly.
“Right now his main goals are two – to have his knee fixed so that he can have a normal life with his family and to indulge in one last ride before retiring,” he added.
“It is not a problem for him to answer uncomfortable questions, people have been asking him about retirement since 2009 when he won Roland Garros and it was thought that he was no longer motivated.
“I don’t think he’s doing all this just to play a few games in the Laver Cup, Roger is one who likes competition.”
Federer is hoping to make his comeback at the Laver Cup which takes place between September 23 to 25 where he will play for Team Europe.
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