Roger Federer is training with his friend and coach Severin Luthi on clay to be ready for his second official return to competition on May 16 at the ATP 250 in Geneva. In this first part of the season, the Swiss champion had already made his debut at the ATP 250 in Doha, on cement, after being away from the courts for a few months following the double operation on his right knee last year.
The world number 8, who will turn 40 in August, essentially tries to rationally dose his energies. In fact, he has skipped the big events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome because he has two great objectives in his head: Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, without forgetting the prestigious appointment with the French Open in Paris where Roger won in 2009 in the final against the Swede Robin Soderling.
“The King” also has some records to reach such as the number of finals played and tournaments won in the ATP Tour. In fact ‘Jimbo’ Connors has played 164 finals, winning 109 tournaments, while Federer is currently stuck at 103 successes on 157 finals played.
The main goal is to win Wimbledon
Another record concerns the number of Grand Slam tournaments: at the moment Roger is on top with Rafa Nadal at 20 Slams with Novak Djokovic just behind at 18 and it is here that for Federer, Wimbledon is considered the main objective declared for this year.
A few weeks ago his coach Luthi had left open some doubts about the condition of his assistant and told the Swiss broadcaster SRF: “The training on the court is quite intense but we are not able to do it with the frequency that he would need in the approach to a tournament, as athletic preparation is a bit behind on the schedule.
Federer recently spoke about his current physical condition to the news agency ‘EFE‘ and he was particularly motivated saying:
“I’m very excited, I have a great desire to come back and I feel like a kid ready to come back. I feel that the right knee is responding very well, 2021 will be an exciting year because normality is getting closer and closer and this is very important even if it’s all very difficult because of the virus that has been affecting all of us for some time”.Roger Federer
The star from Basel, in addition to Wimbledon, is pursuing this year at the Olympic Games in Tokyo a historic gold medal after having already made two memorable performances at the Olympics: in Beijing 2008 where he won the gold medal in the doubles with compatriot Stan Wawrinka and in London 2012 where he won the silver medal in the singles losing in the final to Andy Murray.