Christopher Clarey, reporter for the New York Times, revealed incredible statements about Roger Federer during an interview with Le Temps.
Clarey said: “Roger Federer is clearly one of the best tennis players ever, but at the same time he is also a big loser. The Swiss has had to deal with many painful defeats over the course of his long career.
In some ways, those defeats have contributed to further increasing his popularity. People were also able to see the vulnerable side of him, the more human side, and recognized themselves in his feelings. Roger is an optimistic person, he has a positive energy similar to that of small children. Right now, his main goals are two: to have his knee fixed to have a normal life and to treat himself to one last ride on the ATP Tour.
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 of this just to play a few show games at the Laver Cup. “
Roger Federer’s come back
The last two years have been unsatisfactory for Roger Federer, struggling with the first major injury of his career. For the moment, his presence at the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel has been confirmed. He will (at least for the moment) skip Wimbledon.
Due to his right knee problems, the former world number 1 only played 13 competitive matches in 2021. The Swiss phenomenon reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, far too meager tally for a legend of the caliber of he.
A few weeks after the Championships, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. Barring further setbacks, the 40-year-old from Basel is expected to return in late summer or early autumn.