At the beginning of 2020, Roger Federer reached the Australian Open semi-final after a couple of challenging encounters that went down to the wire. The Swiss veteran had a great run in 2019, and it seemed like the following season could have been the same.
Instead of that, Roger had to skip the entire action after Melbourne, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing surgeries in February and May. Federer had to start all over in October, making small steps on the tennis court and basically doing everything from the beginning after such a long break, the most extended one of his career.
The Swiss returned to the court after over 13 months this March in Doha, playing five tournaments so far and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final. In London, Federer suffered a heavy 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz, running out of steam in the third set to experience his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final!
Speaking about his journey in the past 17 months, Federer said there were no setbacks, although he still misses some basic things, which were a routine for him ten or 15 years ago. Also, Roger mentioned that he has many ideas on the court, and it's not easy to implement them and deliver the best solution against formidable rivals.
Roger Federer explained how tough for him was to make a comeback.
"I'm happy we went that route because I didn't have any setbacks. But clearly, there are still many things missing in my game that maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago were very simple and routine for me.
Nowadays, they don't happen naturally anymore. I have to always put in the extra effort mentally to remind myself, 'Remember to do this or do that.' I have many ideas on the court, but sometimes I can't do what I want.
I think it's a bit of a tricky situation sometimes, come tough matches against great players. I feel like I made the most of it. The team and I were actually pleased I made it as far as the quarter-final. Even though I'm disappointed I lost to Hubert, I feel like there was a chance.
Again, that's how it goes. I'll be fine; I have perspective about it, so it's all good," Roger Federer said.