Davydenko: "Basel will be Roger Federer's last tournament"



by   |  VIEW 21177

Davydenko: "Basel will be Roger Federer's last tournament"

In a recent interview with CLAY, Nikolay Davydenko expressed his opinion on Roger Federer's future. Davydenko explained: "I think Roger Federer will play the Basel tournament to end his career there. This is my opinion."

The Russian has lost 17 of the 19 head-to-head matches with the Swiss: "Federer has always been the most difficult opponent for me to beat. The reason? Because his forehand was extremely fast and his serve was very accurate.

I was almost never in control of the game against him. I've had a chance to defeat Roger several times, but he's always been better than me in the decisive moments. I often reached the tiebreak or had set points, but then I always lost.

I redeemed myself in London in 2009. I felt that my time had come and I was also a little lucky. That victory gave me psychological confidence, in fact I easily beat him in Doha in the next game. It's no secret that I had mental problems when I faced Federer."

Roger Federer's come back

As everyone knows by now, Roger Federer will come back to the court at the Laver Cup. The 2022 edition will be staged at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. The former world number 1, who hasn't played an official match for almost a year, will also play at the Basel ATP in the autumn.

The last two seasons have been a real ordeal for the Swiss, struggling with a serious right knee problem, which prevented him from playing as and as much as he would have liked. Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played just 13 official matches last year, collecting nine wins and four losses.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had to settle for the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, too meager tally for a legend of his caliber. Hence the decision to undergo knee surgery for the third time and the long rehabilitation. According to his words, the King intends to play some tournaments also in 2023. However, not everyone is convinced.