Roger Federer revealed that he is looking forward to playing Wimbledon and the French Open this summer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has spent more than a year out of action after two surgeries on his knee. Federer won his last title in October 2019 in his hometown. He will look to end his trophy drought this week at the Geneva Open. He revealed that he does not expect to perform at the level of Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.
“I was happy that the knee didn’t feel any different from hard to clay, and I expect the same in the switch from clay to grass,” said Federer. “I’ve never had any major issues going between the surfaces, but with an injury and not having played as long as I have, there are always concerns. So far, the clay has been good for me and I hope it will be good for me for the grass.”
Federer revealed that he has been feeling good in practice but is not sure how he will cope in a competitive environment. He played down any expectations as he is still recovering whereas the rest of the field has been competing at the highest level. He insisted that he is not playing in Geneva expecting to beat the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Instead, he would like to get as much match practice and court time in as possible.
“Now we’re on clay, I’m more focused on the clay than my opponent. Once I get healthy and matches under my belt, that will increase my confidence. I think then I’ll be a part of the top tier,” Roger Federer said with an eye on the French Open. “If you want to be in the top tier you need to play 50, 80, or 100 matches per season and that gets tougher as you get older.”