“We have given up with Serena” Adriano Panatta hopes his ‘favourite’ Roger Federer has a good comeback


“We have given up with Serena” Adriano Panatta hopes his ‘favourite’ Roger Federer has a good comeback

Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Adriano Panatta

Former World No. 1 and currently unranked by the ATP, Roger Federer is getting closer to his comeback to professional tennis having spent more than a year on the sidelines. Federer had to undergo knee surgery after his quarter-final defeat in the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and despite many thinking that it was the last of Federer, the Swiss Maestro has kept the hopes alive of one last dance.

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Along with Federer, Serena Williams suffered a similar fate although her injury was in the first round of Wimbledon. While the American was lucky for not requiring surgery, she also spent a lot of time on the sidelines returning to tennis a week prior to the 2022 Wimbledon. Her return to singles was not eventful as she lost in a closely contested 3-setter in the first round and similar to Federer, she is also unranked now.

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“Roger Federer is one of the reasons why I continued to love tennis”: Adriano Panatta

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

1976 French Open champion Adriano Panatta recently talked about his admiration for the Swiss Maestro and his fear revolving around the return of Federer. Adriano remains the only Italian male Grand Slam champion in the Open Era and while his student Matteo Berrettini came very close at the 2021 Wimbledon, he lost in the finals to 2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic who also won his 20th major with the win over Matteo.

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Roger Federer is one of the reasons why I continued to love tennis. I wish him happiness, he has an extraordinary career behind him and a wonderful family next to him. There is a time for everything. [But] we have already given up with Serena Williams, I hope not to see a replica,” said Adriano as per Gazzetta dello Sport.

Federer is confirmed to play at the 2022 Laver Cup in London and the 2022 Swiss Indoors. He has not completely ruled out a return at the 2022 US Open which starts on 29th August in New York but the chances are very slim as he has only 6 more weeks to prepare himself for Grand Slams.

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