The arrival in London, the first training sessions with Stefanos Tsitsipas, the hugs with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, but above all the farewell press conference. This was the safe program that Roger Federer followed in the run-up to the Laver Cup.
The Swiss champion, in impeccable attire and a proud look, confirmed that he will only play on Friday night in doubles, and then make room in singles for Matteo Berrettini. “I asked Bjorn [Borg] if I could play doubles.
I didn’t want to give up competition, but I also had to recognize the limits of my body at the moment. I’m preparing for it, to see who he will be with. I have to confess that I am very nervous”, he said with a smile.
Federer explained his reasons for retiring from tennis, highlighting how his knee had definitely said “enough” after the last operation and how he matured the decision. “There was no improvement. I felt sad when I realized that it was the end.
I decided this summer, after Wimbledon, on vacation. Of course I would have liked to play always, but unfortunately it is not possible.” Over the course of the analysis, the 20-time Slam champion also obviously stopped at the biggest wins of his career.
From the deck, he chose the one against Sampras at Wimbledon and the one against Nadal at the Australian Open in 2017. It is precisely with Nadal that he should play the last match of his career.
Roger Federer made history
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the 2022 Laver Cup, Roger Federer stated that he was never going to “risk it at all.”
“I was not willing to go into the direction of let’s risk it all. I’m not ready for that. I always said that was never my goal. I can’t believe, if I look back at the last few years that I went through, the surgeries that I had to go through, for me it was always clear that I was going to end my career with no surgeries.
You know, before 2016 and even ’16 was a tough year getting back from it,” he said. “I guess there was a certain process that started at the beginning of the summer, you know, where you try to go to the next level in training, and I could feel it was getting difficult.
So obviously at that point I knew any hiccup, any setback, for that matter, was going to be the one potentially,” he said.