Federer’s idea is to play on the Tour in 2023 – report
Roger Federer tells the Swiss media Tages Anzeiger that if his comeback at Laver Cup and Basel is a success, his plan is to be back on the tour in 2023.
Recently, he let everyone know that he couldn’t wait to be back. This Saturday, Roger Federer, soon aged 41, confirmed that his scheduled commitments to the Laver Cup and the Basel ATP event were not meant to be a farewell Tour.
To the question “Do you want to return to the tour in 2023, if the knee plays along?” Federer answers: “Yes, definitely.”
“How and where, I don’t know yet. But that would be the idea. Definitely”, added Federer, in an exclusive with Simon Graf of Tages Anzieger.
Federer insists on the fact that the Laver Cup and Basel will be more like a test or a warm up. He can’t have further plans, even if the Rolex Paris Masters would welcome him after Basel without a doubt.
The Swiss explained: “I haven’t planned more than the Laver Cup and Basel yet. After Basel, the season is over anyway. It’s important for me to get fit again so that I can train fully. Once I’ve done that, I can choose how many tournaments I play and where. The Laver Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five matches in six days.”
“After Basel, the season is over anyway. It’s important for me to get fit again so that I can train fully. Once I’ve done that, I can choose how many tournaments I play and where. The Laver Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five matches in six days.” (2/6)— Simon Graf (@SimonGraf1) June 11, 2022
With team Europe, Federer can have a customized program mixing singles and doubles, in matches where the third set is a super tiebreak.
The Swiss says he’ll be ready for an uptick when he plays in Basel.
“I will have be able to do that in Basel. That’s why I have to prepare for it in practice. I’m curious myself what’s still to come. But I’m hopeful, I’ve come a long way. I’m not far away. The next three or four months will be extremely important,” he continued.
Does he want to return to the tour in 2023, if his knee plays along? “Yes, definitely. How and where, I don’t know yet. But that would be the idea. Definitely.” (4/6)— Simon Graf (@SimonGraf1) June 11, 2022
Federer on Nadal’s 14th RG title – GIGANTIC
Federer also made his first public comments on Nadal’s 14th Roland-Garros and 22th Grand Slam tournament, after he sent a private message to congratulate the Spaniard, who made it public.
“I didn’t watch the final, I watched the quarter-final (against Djokovic) a bit before I went to sleep,” Federer said. “In general, it’s just unbelievable what Rafa has achieved. The record of Pete Sampras, which I beat, was 14 Grand Slam titles. Now Rafa won the French Open 14 times. That’s unbelievable. I was happy for him that he did it again. Hats off to Rafa. After the tenth, eleventh time, I already thought: This can’t be. He keeps raising the bar. It’s gigantic.”
Federer was the first man reaching 20 major trophies in 2018 (Australian Open). Now Novak Djokovic has the same total since Wimbledon 2021 and Nadal took a lead and made the break with his two crowns in 22.