‘I don’t know if Roger Federer’s really eager and hungry or…’, says legend

Roger Federer’s return to the field is less than a month away.

Roger Federer’s return to the field is less than a month away. The former world number 1 will in fact be one of the protagonists of the Laver Cup, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September.

In addition to him, there will also be Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The Swiss champion is absent from Wimbledon 2021, thanks to yet another operation on his right knee. The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the King, who has not been able to play as and as much as he would have liked.

Suffice it to say that the Maestro played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four defeats. Nadal and Djokovic stole several records from him in this time frame: both beat him in the all-time Grand Slam standings, with the Serbian also breaking the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.

Roger will close his very short season at the ATP in Basel, back on the calendar after the last two editions had been canceled due to the pandemic. During a recent interview with ESPN, Chris Evert expressed his opinion on Federer’s return.

Chris Evert on Federer’s return

“Roger Federer has four kids and he has such a great life in Switzerland and he’s got — he’s all set up with businesses. And he’s just…it would take a Herculean effort to get back to the top, not even No.1 but back to the top five. I think that would be a Herculean effort, I really do,” Evert said.

“With Serena, you kind of…she reveals more about herself and her feelings. And you can see it on the court. Oh, you know, she’s losing to players that she shouldn’t be losing to,” Evert said.

“And you don’t know how much she’s training and she’s getting injured. And you kind of feel that the end is close. But with Roger Federer, I don’t know what he’s doing.” Evert is of the opinion that anything decisive can be said about his retirement only after he plays his first proper tournament.

“I don’t know how he’s training. I don’t know if he’s really eager and hungry or if he’s like very satisfied with the life he’s living. I think we’ll be able to tell just by the first tournament he plays what’s really going on with him,” Evert said.

“But I don’t know. I just…as we’ve said before, to each his own. Everybody retires on their own time and for their own reasons.”

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