In the late afternoon on Tuesday, Roger Federer announced that he suffered a knee relapse during the grass season and that he will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics. He therefore vanishes forever his dream of winning a gold medal in singles, with the hope of seeing the Swiss phenomenon on the field again by the end of the summer.
The former world number 1 has just returned from the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, a fairly satisfactory result given the ups and downs he has had to deal with over the past year and a half. The defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz highlighted all his difficulties, further exacerbated by the low number of games played in 2021.
The 39-year-old from Basel has always been very reserved about his physical condition, avoiding providing too many details to the media. The 20-time Grand Slam champion underwent two surgeries on his right knee last year, but the extent of the problem affecting him was not disclosed.
The 'Punto de Break' portal recently contacted a physiotherapist who works for ATP, who put forward a hypothesis on the type of injury of the Master.
Federer announced that he suffered a knee relapse
“For Roger Federer's recovery time, it would make me think yes, it could be one of the two.
In photos we have been able to see that, from one year to the next, Roger has gained a lot of muscle mass in his legs. That suggests that he had a lack in the joint and makes me think that it could be due to cartilage”, he said.
“When he had surgery, they recommended gaining muscle mass in the quadriceps and that is usually indicated in problems of this type. Cartilage is a very difficult area to recover and becomes very inflamed. If he has now commented that he resented it again, it may be because of that.
There is talk of a control disease, that is, a problem in the joint, and the most logical and common in these cases is due to meniscus or cartilage. The problems it gives, after the operation, is an irritation that causes the knee to swell and cause pain.
That makes it difficult, for example, to play one day and then again the next. You need recovery because it is not that you start from scratch, but almost”, he continues. Federer simply spoke of a "setback" on his knee.
This is a very broad concept, which can range from a simple irritation, which could have you recovered in just seven/ten days, or a relapse, which would force you to undergo surgery again. The Helvetian acknowledged in his statement that he wanted to return before the end of the summer.
Cincinnati, a tournament he loves to attend and which he has won seven times, is coming up just one month from now (August 15) and could be a good place to prepare for the US Open. As long as the knee leaves him. “There are times when hyaluronic acid or enriched plasma treatments are done that help increase space or recover damaged areas, but as I say, it is difficult. The knee is a joint that suffers a lot in tennis" - he concluded.