Injuries are taking their toll on Roger Federer. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a discomfort in the knee has prevented him from being continuously active, and at the moment it is unknown if he will play the next edition of the US Open.
The 40-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world No. 9 spoke about how tough injuries are at this stage in his career. "Before, if my back was blocked, it lasted two days and everything was fine. Today it may take two weeks.
It is about being more patient with the pain, with yourself, with the return to the field. But at the same time, the joy of what you have achieved returns," said the winner of 20 Grand Slams. "I haven't done anything for a long time because of my knee.
This week I have to meet with my doctors and my team, and then we'll see what happens next. For now, everything is still a bit uncertain. It's about adapting. This has always been the case in my career. The factors change: fame, success, experience, identity and now that.
I'm a quiet guy who takes things with humor. I always see the positive side of each. situation, "he added. Many things have changed for Roger Federer, one of which has been the way he approaches tournaments. Before I used to take tournament wins for granted, but now I know what's behind them all.
I focus on a single game, now that is much more important. It's like boxing. The fights decrease with age. It's something I had to relearn." While it is clear that the end of his career looks close, Federer is still confident in his chances to stay in the elite, at least for a while longer.
Bouchard on Roger Federer
Top journalist Carole Bouchard, who was part of the conversation with Marion Bartoli and Simon Cambers, believes Roger Federer will not let his last career match be the lopsided defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
Bouchard reckons Federer will try to play another Wimbledon, provided he his knee does not give him further trouble. "You are Roger Federer; you don’t end your career on a bagel in Wimbledon," Bouchard said.
"I believe he is going to try to play one more Wimbledon, but that means he needs to play Australia, he needs to try to play some clay, he needs to get in shape. So I believe that he will try. (He is) 40 years old and we are still asking him to play one more Wimbledon," she added.
"He is one of the biggest champions, all sports considered. He is going to try; I believe we will see him in London next year. I just hope the knee is going to stay quiet."