Roger Federer: ‘There was a limit to what I could do’

Roger Federer’s presence at the Laver Cup is still not certain. Or at least not on the field. The Swiss arrived in London a handful of days ago, but as the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s physical trainer Pierre Paganini explains, the real decision about active participation on court will only be made a few hours before the matches begin on Monday. Friday September 23. “It will probably be a last minute decision,” explained the historical physical trainer Paganini to the Blick newspaper. Therefore, it is in doubt whether he will be able to play singles (or at least doubles) and lend a hand to the Dream Team that includes Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray. For Federer, the one in London will be the last stop in an extraordinary career, dotted with sporadic and decidedly modest appearances since 2019. “He has trained at a level that makes it possible to determine exactly whether playing is a good idea or not. It had become clear that the return to the Tour would be impossible due to his physical condition”, he explained with great lucidity a few days before the competition. Initially, Federer had planned to return to Basel, putting the Laver Cup in the middle. Instead, the new goal is to be able to close his career on the pitch and not be a mere spectator. Doubles or singles ie. “His goal is to play something, although it remains to be seen if it is in singles or doubles,” Luthi also told Blick.

King Roger won 20 Slams

Roger Federer revealed what he meant by the words about never leaving the tennis he spoke about in his retirement announcement. Roger Federer revealed that it has been a tough three years for him dealing with injury setbacks. The Swiss maestro also spoke about how he knew he was on ‘thin ice’ since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. “The last three years have been tough to say the least. I knew I was on very thin ice for the last year ever since I played Wimbledon. I tried to come back but there was a limit to what I could do. And I stopped believing in it, to be honest,” said Federer. “The last few years were hard for me, but I think they were even harder for her. She really didn’t enjoy watching me anymore, with all the injuries. I felt kind of sorry for her. It’s a great relief for her that it’s over now,” he added.