Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 10:09 a.m.
While he is supposed to return to the courts at the end of the summer, Roger Federer will retire after the Basel tournament, according to a former rival.
What if Roger Federer stopped where it all began, in Basel, his birthplace? Away from the courts since his elimination in the Wimbledon quarter-finals against Hubert Hurkacz (6-3, 7-6, 6-0), on July 7, 2021, the Swiss, who then had to undergo a new operation on his right knee, has planned to return to the Laver Cup (September 23-25) and, above all, to play in Basel (October 24-30), a tournament he has won ten times and is a triple title lessee. And for his former rival Nikolay Davydenko, born like him in 1981, it could be his last appearance on the circuit. “I sincerely think that he will play the Basel tournament at home to end his career there”thus named in an interview with Clay Tennis the Russian, who retired in 2014.
But did the former world number 3 have any information on the subject, where does he formulate a simple intuition? We should find out soon. What is certain is that the end (of career) is near for “Rodgeur”, down to 96th place in the ATP rankings and who will celebrate his 41st birthday in August.. Asked by SRF Sport a few days ago, the man with 20 Grand Slam titles repeated that he had to “stay patient and make constant progress” and that he knew more “in the coming months”. Statements that did not really encourage optimism. “I don’t play a lot of tennis, a little with the kids. I could do a lot more, but we are focusing on fitness at the moment, there is no extra cost. Tennis still has to wait a bit “, he admitted again.