Roger Federer has said he “certainly” wants to return to top-class tennis in 2023, but added that he has no specific plans outside of his scheduled appearances at the Laver Cup and his Basel home tournament later this year.
The former world number one, who will turn 41 in August, has not played since July last year, when he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals against Hubert Hurcage.
Earlier this year, Federer confirmed his plans to team up with Spaniard Rafa Nadal at the Lover Cup in London, before competing in the Swiss indoor tournament.
“Yes, of course,” Federer told the newspaper Tejes-Angiger when asked if he wanted to return to the ATP tour in 2023. “How and where, I still don’t know. But that would be the idea.
“I have not yet planned more than the Laver Cup and Basel. After Basel, the season is over anyway. Getting fit again is important to me so that I can take full training. Once I do this, I can choose how many tournaments to play and where to play.
“The Lover Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five matches in six days. I’ll be able to do it in Basel. But I’m optimistic, I’ve come a long way. I’m not far … “
Nadal claimed a record-breaking 14th Roland Garros crown earlier this month, beating Federer’s Lover Cup teammate Nadal Norway’s Caspar Rudd, and Federer was full of praise for the Spaniard’s achievement.
“In general, what Rafa has achieved is incredible,” Federer said. “Pete Sampras’ record, which I beat, was 14 Grand Slam titles.
“Now Rafa has won the French Open 14 times. It’s incredible. I’m glad she did it again. Hats off to Rafa. After the 10th, 11th time, I already thought, ‘It can’t be’. He keeps raising the bar. It’s huge. “
Federer teamed up with Nadal for their first and only doubles match in the opening edition of the 2017 Lover Cup in Prague.
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