Roger Federer has reached a level of popularity that almost no athlete can boast in the modern age of sport. The Basel phenomenon has racked up countless successes by offering a style of play imbued with class and elegance. His long absence from the circuit is coming to an end, as the 39-year-old Swiss will return to the pitch in Doha in the second week of March. His last official appearance dates back to over a year ago, when he surrendered in three sets to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020. A double surgery on his right knee affected almost all of his 2020, causing him not to force recovery times and to preserve themselves in view of the great events of this season. The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s sights are already focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, not forgetting the US Open at the end of the summer. During a recent interview with ‘Perfect Tennis’, Dave Seminara, writer and former diplomat based in Florida, expressed his admiration for the Swiss legend. The eight-time Wimbledon champion will also participate in the ATP 500 in Dubai, a tournament he has already won eight times (the most recent in 2019, which allowed him to put his 100th career title on the board). Many are wondering if Federer will be able to get back competitive at the highest level at almost 40 years old. The next few months will finally give us an answer to that effect.
Seminara recalls his meeting with Roger Federer
“Roger Federer is the man – I just admire him in so many different ways […] You never hear anything negative about him,” Dave Seminara said. While researching and writing his book, Dave Seminara had the opportunity to meet Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Recalling that meeting, Seminara claimed that Federer always pays attention to the person he is talking to, which distinguishes him from many other athletes. “When you ask Federer a question, he looks at you, tries to give something back,” Seminara said. “He shows you basic respect as a person…other athletes don’t give as much attention.” The race for the most number of Grand Slams has gotten intense, with Novak Djokovic on 18 Majors and Roger and Rafa tied at 20 each. Djokovic stated that he would continue playing the sport for as long as the other two keep their engine going. According to the Serb, they motivate each other to be better players.
Federer is currently recovering well after his second surgery