“It Could be Just One Match”: Tomas Berdych Talks About Roger Federer Retirement

Published 12/01/2021, 11:31 PM EST
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his quarter final match with Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

The former World No. 4, Tomas Berdych, recently spoke about the much-awaited comeback of Roger Federer. Federer’s knee injury forced him to end his 2021 season after Wimbledon. However, he is aiming to return to the tour next year. The Czech former player, Berdych, believes it would be really challenging for the 40-year-old.

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Moreover, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist thinks Federer will have to mentally prepare himself for ‘one last match’. Berdych also confidently said that the Swiss has nothing to prove, his records speaking volumes for him.

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Tomas Berdych comments on Roger Federer’s comeback

Berdych 13 titles in a distinguished ATP career, and his most notable moment came when he defeated Roger Federer in the 2010 Wimbledon quarter-final and Novak Djokovic in the semi-final. Federer and Berdych crossed paths 26 times in their careers, beginning from the Greece Olympics in 2004. Federer won 20 of those encounters while Tomas won the other 6.

In an interview with Reuters, Berdych said, “He (Federer) maybe wants to come back on court and maybe make the call and whether he’s going to play his last tournament, for his huge fan base around the world, but if he doesn’t it’s fine.”

In addition, the Czech is amazed by the amazing career of Federer and said, “He has nothing to prove so it’s down to him how he feels and how he wants to do it at the end of the day.”

Berdych said the 40-year-old knows the level of the game more than anyone, however, he’ll have to mentally prepare himself for ‘one last ride’.

“He’s going to try to prepare himself as best as possible and he’s experienced enough to know that it won’t happen at one tournament. But I think in this situation he needs to be mentally ready to know that it could be just one match, even if he’s done everything possible,” stated Tomas.

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Federer targeting a comeback in mid-2022

Just a few weeks ago, Roger Federer announced his unavailability for the Australian Open 2022. Federer, who suffered from a knee injury at Wimbledon 2021, is still rehabilitating from the necessary surgery. It’s highly unlikely that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will compete at French Open 2022 as well.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Roger Federer will be hoping to return for his favorite Major, the Wimbledon Championships. How excited are you to witness Roger Federer back on the tour?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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