Roger Federer has been virtually absent for the past two years due to a severe knee problem. The Swiss champion played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four defeats. The quarterfinals reached at Wimbledon did not mitigate too modest a budget for a legend of his caliber.
A few weeks after the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he had to operate on his knee for the third time and that he is not sure about his return to the field. Recently, the 20-time Grand Slam champion confided that he would be returning to the tour in late summer or early fall, which is good news for all his fans.
We could see Roger again at the Laver Cup, which will take place at London’s O2 Arena in late September. Everyone hopes that the 40-year-old from Basel will be able to treat himself to one last ride of the carousel before finally saying goodbye to the circuit.
Speaking on the ‘The Functional Tennis’ podcast a few days ago, Frances Tiafoe expressed his admiration for Federer.
Tiafoe pays tribute to Roger Federer
“It’s tough [to decide who the GOAT is], but I’m still going with Roger Federer,” Tiafoe said.
“You can paint a whole picture with what he has — stupid good service, can play all the shots, makes the game look so easy and is a great ambassador for the sport.” Over the course of the interview, Frances Tiafoe also commented on Roger Federer’s “aura.”
The World No. 31 noted that the Swiss had an air of likability and charm about him that very few people possessed, and described him as “special” in ways that cannot be put into words. “I’ve met a lot of people, celebrities and people who have that recognition, but only Roger Federer’s got that aura with him.
It’s crazy,” Tiafoe said. “Some people just have it, man. This dude is special. He’s like that. [Whether he is on the court or not on the court].” It has been over eight months since we last saw Federer in action.
Speaking on the current status of his friendship with Federer, Zverev said, “We haven’t spent as much time together lately, and he’s not the type of guy that has a lot of phone contact. You need to be in-person to have a great relationship”.
He also added, “He was a role model when I was at a young age and just started being on tour. He’s somebody who likes to talk to young guys and give advice, which he did with me when I was 18, 19, 20; what it’s like to be on top in the rankings and how to handle media, how to handle sponsors, and all that. We had a lot of conversations at a younger age, and I think he helped me a lot in that regard”.