Roger Federer is expected to return to the tour in September when he teams up Rafael Nadal to play doubles at the Laver Cup in London before playing at the Swiss indoors tournament at home in Basel the following month.
Here’s what Rafa told reporters on Friday ahead of the U.S. Open about his long-time rival and friend Roger:
Of course, super excited to see Roger again on court.
I hope he’s healthy enough to make that happen. Yeah, let’s see. Has been a long period of time without Roger on court, so I really hope that he can manage to be back. But let’s see.
The most important thing at this stage of his career is health and happiness, no?
If he’s healthy enough and happy enough to be back to the tennis tour, it will be amazing. If not, we just can say thanks to him for everything that he achieved.
I am confident that we will keep having Roger for a while. Yeah, I can’t wait to share team with him in the Laver Cup.
Federer has undergone three knee operations in the last two years and has not played a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at the 2021 Wimbledon.
I look forward to seeing Rafa and Roger at the Laver Cup playing doubles.☺️🤞
Even Roger knows his tennis career is over and now it’s time just to play few tournaments and say goodbye just like Serena does. You simply can’t go against your age. But 20 years in professional sport is just wow. 👏👏
It’s hard to imagine Roger coming back after all this time, but hopefully he will.
I don’t think so.
Kind and generous support from Rafa to Roger. It is unlikely Fed would not access the best medical team available. It has been an honour and a pleasure to witness the clash and collaboration of these two icons. Enjoy every moment…….🙏❤️
Roger should have seen the medicis in Oz.
They are the best when it comes to knee surgery – they do the AFL players a dime a dozen and all of them have turned out as good as new!
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