Former World No. 1 Roger Federer thought the crowd was absolutely fantastic at the Laver Cup and enjoyed watching the matches at TD Garden this past weekend. Federer, co-founder of the Laver Cup, missed the event for the first time.
However, Federer flew to Boston to attend. Team Europe absolutely dominated the team world, winning 14-1 to claim their fourth consecutive victory in the event. “I thought the audience was absolutely amazing. The games were good, they were close but in the end Team Europe succeeded.
Of course, I was personally very happy about it. I just enjoyed watching the great tennis rankings and I hope you did too,” said Federer. Federer, 40, announced a third knee surgery in August. Federer was not expected to be in this year’s Laver Cup, but he surprised everyone when he flew to Boston on Friday.
The Swiss recognized the importance of tennis legends after arriving in Boston. “It’s really important that we remember him because we have a very rich history,” Federer told CNBC on Friday morning.
Roger Federer on Bjorn Borg
After winning his 20th Major at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic had said that he expects himself, Roger Federer, and Nadal to keep fighting to add more Slams to their tally.
“It means that none of us three will stop [on 20]! That’s what it means,” Novak Djokovic had said with a smile on his face. Federer acknowledged that Djokovic had good intentions when saying what he said, but pointed out that the Serb may not have been fully aware of his or Nadal’s physical condition.
“Well, look, he obviously was speaking for himself: he’s on adrenaline when he’s saying that and he doesn’t know where I am or where Rafael is. But he means well, obviously,” Federer said. The Swiss maestro believes Bjorn Borg – a multiple Slam champion on clay and grass – was an anomaly, and that versatility was a difficult attribute to find in that generation.
“I feel like there were hardcourt players, claycourt players and there weren’t so many players who could play on all surfaces,” Federer said. “Sure, [Bjorn] Borg did it, but things were different. Players weren’t chasing one Slam after another like they are today and record after record.
Nowadays such a strategy is much more part of your career. So, yes, a new, incredible player will, I believe, break our run of 20 Grand Slams eventually – but not overnight!”