‘The Tournament Feels Different’ – Former World No.3 Highlights Why It’s Important to Have Roger Federer Back on Tour

Published 05/07/2022, 5:44 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30:Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Roger Federer is one of the biggest names in the entire sporting world. Going by the fan’s perspective, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Swiss grace is the face of modern tennis. Having a career longer than 2 decades, the 40-year-old has touched the heights of the sport that is still a dream for the majority of players.

Over the years, Federer has given some of the biggest and the most cherished moments to the tennis community. However, last year, Federer faced a downfall after he had to undergo follow-up surgery on his knee. Since then, he has been out of the tour. Needless to say, the tennis community is massively missing Roger’s presence in tournaments. Elaborating on that, recently, David Nalbandian opened up about the importance of having Roger on the tour.

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The importance of having Federer on the tour

Recently, former World No. 3 and the current coach of Miomir Kecmanović, David Nalbandian, became a part of an ATP podcast. During the podcast, David conversed on a variety of topics ranging from his 2007 Madrid win to coaching Miomir and other players. However, in the 13-minute-long podcast, what took the limelight was his take on Roger Federer.

During the conversation, the podcast host asked David about his take on The Big 3 still being around. Correcting the host, David said, “Well, two are around. Roger is a bit far away.”

With his gracious career, Roger Federer has created an aura around himself that makes a person go on and on when talking about him. David was no different. Having Roger’s name in his mind, David took no time in going all-praise for the Swiss player. Going all-heart, he asserted that the atmosphere is completely different when Roger is on the court.

Expressing his hope to see Roger back soon, David said, “Everybody is waiting for that. Roger is amazing. It’s always nice to see him playing. How the atmosphere is around.”

“I hope Roger is coming back soon for our sport,” he further added.

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DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Even though David went all praise for Roger, he made sure to not forget Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Talking about the atmosphere of a tournament when the three are around, the coach said, “It doesn’t matter if they win or lose. But when they are around in the tournament, the tournament feels different. That’s for sure.”

The much-awaited comeback of Roger Federer

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Roger Federer has been off the tour since last June. He last played at the 2021 Wimbledon, suffering a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz. Following his knee surgery after the loss, Roger was nowhere to be seen for a few days. But recently, Roger Federer finally announced his much-awaited comeback. Roger will make a comeback on the tennis court at the Laver Cup. However, he will make a comeback on the ATP tour in October at the Basel Open.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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