Roger Federer: ‘I think that every athlete should decide for himself’

The question is already solved. After Ivan Ljubicic acknowledged that Roger Federer’s recovery is going slowly but surely, the former Croatian player and Swiss coach himself has confirmed that there is no option for him to be present at the Australian Open 2022. “There is no possibility. When you have it. 40 years you can not recover as fast as before and will only return when it is 100%,” he commented before sending a message to those who doubt the reappearance of Roger Federer. “We have talked a lot and I can guarantee that he wants to continue playing tennis. I don’t think he is going to retire abruptly and in the short term,” he confirmed to Reuters.

Federer on the impact he has had on the sport

There are a lot of speculations going on around the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer. The 40-year-old recently mentioned that it would be highly unlikely for him to feature at the Australian Open 2022 since he still going through his recovery process. “What kind of image will people remember of me? My last set at Wimbledon last July? Or my Grand Slam titles and what it triggered in them when they watched me play? My money is on the latter. For a few years now, I’ve been pretty relaxed about that,” said Federer. The Swiss Maestro, in a way, highlighted that there is no right time to retire. This might be a hint that the 40-year-old is not planning to feature in any sort of farewell match. “I think that every athlete should decide for himself. There is no right time to retire. There is only the time that suits each individual athlete. It is a very personal decision,” added the former World no.1. In a press conference at the 2021 ATP Finals, Djokovic paid tribute to Federer’s impact on tennis and expressed his desire to see the Swiss return to the tour. “Obviously Roger is an icon of our sport and people around the world love him,” Djokovic said. “They love watching him play, love seeing him around. He’s very important for our sport on and off the court. So for the sake of our sport, I sincerely hope that we can see him play at least another time. I’m sure he doesn’t want to end his career this way,” Djokovic continued. “I think he’s gonna definitely try to give it a last push, a last try. I’m not sure what his injury is, and I know he’s been struggling with a knee for quite a few years. So yeah, let’s see.”

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