As many feared, Roger Federer's progress from a nasty knee injury only went backward during his favorite grass-court swing. Struggling with pain for 19 months, Roger decided to undergo the third knee surgery these days, motivated to play injury-free again and end his career on his terms.
Roger reached the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era, but it was clear that things are not good when he grabbed only nine games against Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semis! Roger had a great run in 2019 and reached the Australian Open semi-final in January last year.
A few days later, the Swiss announced a knee surgery and underwent another in May. Starting all over, the veteran was back on the practice court in October, working hard on his physical shape and returning to the court this March in Doha.
Competing at five tournaments this year, Roger earned nine victories to gather at least some momentum, but the pain would not go away. After skipping Toronto and Cincinnati, the Swiss announced the third knee surgery and many months off the court, ready to embrace crutches again and do everything to take the pain away and return healthy.
Roger Federer has to undergo the third knee surgery within 19 months.
"As you can imagine, it's not been simple since Wimbledon. I've been doing many checks with the doctors on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon.
And that's just not the way to go forward, so, unfortunately, they told me that I will need surgery to feel better for the medium to long term. So I decided to do it. I'll be on crutches for many weeks and then out of the game for many months, so it will be difficult in some ways.
But at the same time, I know it's the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again, and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope also to return to the tour in some shape or form.
I'm realistic, don't get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it. I want to be healthy. I will go through the rehab process with a goal while I'm still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period," Roger Federer said.