Roger Federer shocked the tennis world on Sunday night by announcing that he will undergo a new surgery on his right knee. The 40-year-old Swiss has already anticipated that he will be away from the circuit for many months and that there are no guarantees on his return to the field.
The Basel legend had already undergone a couple of interventions last year, which had forced him to miss most of the season (he had only played at the Australian Open, losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals). His comeback took place in March in the Doha tournament, the first of five tournaments King Roger took part in in 2021.
After being eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion gave up the Tokyo Olympics and the Masters 1000 Americans (Toronto and Cincinnati), a sign that did not bode well. In a recent interview with 'Le Matin', his illustrious compatriot Marc Rosset expressed his opinion on the future of the former number 1 in the world.
Marc Rosset opens up on Roger Federer
"Can the operation be a success? That's what we're talking about," Marc Rosset said. "Obviously, this season has been compromised because there is something that did not work in his knee.
We then saw that Roger Federer never really played 100% of his means." Rosset pointed out that even a half-fit Federer managed to reach the last eight at Wimbledon, which shows the 20-time Major champion still backs his abilities on the court.
"Even on one and a half legs, he makes the quarters at Wimbledon," continued Rosset. "I find it rather good that Roger gives himself the means, or rather the opportunity, to consider a return to the tour. Or at least that he can play without pain.
The fact that he chose the option of having another operation suggests that he does not want to suffer." Roger Federer has been struggling with his knee for the past two years. After undergoing two successful knee operations last year in February and May, Federer returned to court this year.
However, he has not enjoyed the success of earlier times. His last tournament was the Wimbledon Championships back in July, after which he took a break for his body. He even missed the Olympics and a number of other important tournaments.
Roger Federer has been one of the best players in the sport. The GOAT debate will continue for a long time; however, the Swiss star ranks the highest in terms of class and flair. He has produced some of the greatest moments in tennis and will definitely consider his options after surgery.