Clarey: “Roger Federer can be called a tennis nerd”

Roger Federer’s future hangs in the balance, as admitted by the Swiss champion himself during a long interview with the newspaper Blick. The former world number 1 played his last match at Wimbledon, before stopping again due to a relapse in his operated knee.

The 20-times Grand Slam champion was unable to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which was one of his great seasonal goals. A few days later, news came that he would not even take part in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.

King Roger, who turned 40 years-old last Sunday, will meet with his doctors this week to decide what to do. The Basel player also explained that he has not trained in the last month, a further indication that he does not argue in favor of his presence at the US Open.

The last Grand Slam of 2021 will start in just over two weeks and the Swiss forfeit is an increasingly probable hypothesis. Well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey gave a lengthy interview to Steve Tignor for Tennis.com, with the intention of promoting his Roger Federer-focused book The Master.

King Roger’s career is at a crossroads

“In a way, Roger Federer is an open book: he has given so much to fans, to sport in general and to the media,” began Clarey, who first met Roger Federer at Roland Garros 1999.

“With the help of my employers, we have had access to a lot of information about him since the early 2000s, thanks also to Roger’s desire to break into the US market. I had the opportunity to interview him everywhere, from a private plane to the front seat of his Mercedes in the Swiss Alps.

He has a special talent for turning the interview into a conversation between friends, which is the great goal of all journalists. He is a tennis nerd, in the sense that he knows very well his history and all the events that revolve around this sport,” explained Clarey. Should he forfeit the US Open, Roger could return to the pitch at the Laver Cup.