The fifth edition of the Laver Cup takes place between September 23-25 in London. It should gather the world’s leading players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer led Team Europe in three of their four triumphs over Team World, and he hopes to be in the squad in three months. The Swiss has been working hard on making another comeback following the third knee surgery, visiting the gym five or six times a week and planning to increase the time on the tennis court soon. In a recent interview, Roger revealed that he wants to play the Laver Cup and Basel for the rest of the season, check his level and make plans for 2023 based on that. The Swiss had a great run in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 title and wasting two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final. Federer was ranked in the top-3 at 38 but has played only six tournaments since the start of 2020 due to knee issues.
Roger underwent two knee surgeries following the Australian Open semi-final and skipped the rest of 2020. Making a return in March last year, Federer played three matches in Doha and Geneva before entering his first Major event in 500 days. The Swiss scored three Roland Garros wins before withdrawing from the tournament, eager to preserve his knee for the grass swing. Roger experienced his earliest Halle exit, falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and hoping for a better run at Wimbledon. The veteran stopped the clock during his 22nd appearance at the All England Club.
Roger Federer will return to action at the Laver Cup.
He defeated Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era. Roger met Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight and experienced his worst Wimbledon loss. The Pole beat the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0, and it was Federer’s first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Roger underwent the third surgery a few weeks later, and his recovery process is still on. The 20-time Major champion feels confident about his comeback, which should happen at his favorite Laver Cup in September.
“We knew the recovery would take a long time. I’m very active, going to the gym five or six times a week. I do not play a lot of tennis yet, a bit with the kids, although I could do more. My goal is to be ready for LC and Basel,” Roger Federer said.