In an interview given during the BMW Open, Casper Ruud was asked to choose between Rafael Nadal’s forehand and Roger Federer’s volley.
Ruud analyzed: “I think the forehand has given Rafael Nadal more titles than the volley has given Roger Federer. I take Nadal’s forehand, even if Roger is really sublime near the net.”
According to Christopher Clarey, a well-known correspondent for the New York Times, Federer believes he can still be competitive at the highest level: “If we think about it, the last time we saw Roger Federer in good health, he is only one point away from winning Wimbledon. In my opinion, he thinks he has one last chance in London.
In theory, he did not go badly last year either, having reached the quarterfinals at 39 and despite a precarious condition. I doubt he can go further than that, there are too many opponents right now.”
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s come back
For the past two seasons, Roger Federer has been limited by a serious right knee problem. After reaching the semifinal at the 2020 Australian Open, he embarked on a real ordeal for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Suffice it to say that the King played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon failed to save a year well below expectations.
A few weeks after the Championships, the former world number 1 announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. The Swiss phenomenon hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup (which will take place at the O2 Arena in London at the end of September).
A few days ago, Roger’s presence at the ATP in Basel was confirmed. The 40-year-old Swiss had to overtake Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors, while Novak Djokovic snatched the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.