Roger Federer has said he “definitely” plans to return to top level tennis in 2023, but added that he has no concrete plans beyond his planned appearances at the Laver Cup and at his home tournament in Basel later this year.
The former world number one, who turned 41 in August, has not played since last July at Wimbledon, when he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Hubert Hurkacz. Earlier this year, Federer confirmed his intention to team up with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London before qualifying for the Swiss tournament.
“Yes, absolutely,” Federer said when asked the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper if he would like to return to the ATP Tour in 2023. “How and where, I do not know yet.
But that would be the idea. “I haven’t planned more than Laver Cup and Basel yet. After Basel, the season is already over. It’s important for me to get back in shape so I can train at my best.
Once I do this, I can choose how, how many tournaments I play, and where I play. The Laver Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five games in six days. I can in Basel.
But I’m hopeful, I’ve come a long way. I’m not far…” Federer’s Laver Cup partner Nadal knocked out Norway’s Casper Ruud earlier this month to win the 14th Roland Garros crown, and Federer was lauded for the Spaniard’s success.
“Overall, what Rafa has accomplished is incredible,” said Federer. “The record I set for Pete Sampras was 14 Grand Slam titles. Now Rafa has won the French Open 14 times.
Incredible. I’m happy for him because he did it again. Congratulations Raphael. After the tenth session, after the eleventh time, ‘This can’t happen. “He continues to raise the bar,” I said.
Hewitt talks about Roger Federer
In a video released by the Tennis Hall of Fame, Lleyton Hewitt talks about how difficult it was to win this semi-final because Roger Federer was in great shape at the time.
“One of my biggest results was the Davis Cup semifinals in 2003. We were playing against Switzerland. We won two rounds to one. But I played Roger Federer at Rod Laver Arena, and Roger and I grew up together.
We are the same age, so we knew each other very well. But mentally it was a tough challenge for me because a few months ago I had lost in the first round at Wimbledon as the defending champion and Roger had won his first Wimbledon. So he was the fittest player in the world at the time,” Hewitt said.