September 27, 2021
Roger Federer turned up at Team Europe’s 14-1 Laver Cup victory over Team World in Boston last week.
Fun as the tournament was, all people really wanted to know was when Federer will be back.
And the good news is that Federer looks set for one last assault on a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2022!
‘There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a good place,’ said Roger. ‘I think the worst is behind me.’
Reading between the lines when you listen to the great man, his heart is still set on going out in style at Wimbledon 2022.
He did well at the All England Club last year and reached the quarter-finals.
But the way he was eventually beaten was not how an all-time-great ever wishes to say goodbye.
Federer was outgunned by Hubert Hurkacz. The brilliant Pole has just won everything at the Moselle Open.
Losing to such a talented rising star was no disgrace for Roger at Wimbledon a few months ago.
But when Hurkacz closed out 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, there was a touch of sadness about that final set. Even the Swiss maestro admitted he was ‘really unhappy.’
Roger recalled: ‘I was nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and in the end…too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step.’
But Roger Federer is a proud and determined man and he wants a better final memory from Wimbledon.
That’s why he is already starting work to be ready for Wimbledon 2022!
After his latest knee operation he described the comeback trail like this: ‘I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do sidesteps and all the agility work.
‘Then eventually I’ve got to be back out on a tennis court.
‘But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year.’
Make no mistake, Wimbledon 2022 is the point next year when he wants to be in his best possible shape.
But for the moment, Federer won’t want to talk in such specific terms.
He explained: ‘I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point.
‘This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on.’
It’s still great news that he is feeling so positive and ready to return to tennis in 2022.
Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are all locked on 20 Grand Slams.
Roger is a supreme competitor. He knows exactly where he has an outside chance to achieve Grand Slam number 21.
That’s another reason why Wimbledon 2022 will be so historic.
Roger Federer and Sir Andy Murray will surely appear for the last time as Grand Slam contenders.
Meanwhile Emma Raducanu will appear at Wimbledon for the first time as a Grand Slam champion.
It’s going to be a magical occasion.
Will you be there?