Like a bolt from the blue, Roger Federer has decided to undergo surgery for the third time on his right knee. Since his return last March, it was clear to everyone that the Swiss was far from top form. The feeling that the knee problems were not completely resolved intensified over the months, until it was definitively confirmed during the grass season.
Thanks to his boundless talent and a not impossible draw, the former world number 1 nevertheless reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, only to surrender in three sets to the Polish Hubert Hurkacz. A knee relapse prevented him from flying to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics, having to give up the dream of wearing the gold medal in singles around his neck.
While letting his usual optimism shine through, the 20-time Grand Slam champion admitted that there is no certainty about his return to the pitch. During a long interview with 'Le Matin', Marc Rosset wanted to instill a pinch of courage in the mind of his compatriot.
Rosset talks about Roger Federer
"Even on one and a half legs, Roger Federer makes the quarters at Wimbledon," stated Marc 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. Once again, nothing says that he can't heal from his knee problems," Rosset added.
"Everything will depend on the success of this new operation." The 50-year-old Rosset also reckons Federer has the "will and energy" to keep playing. "No doubt (that Roger Federer wishes to retire on his own terms which is why he opted for another surgery)," continued Rosset.
"But for Roger, we can even add that in his head, he still has the will and energy to want to continue on the circuit. With, I think, the condition of being able to have more fun and win matches." From a neutral perspective, it will be the perfect time for Federer to retire after establishing himself in the circuit.
With his constant injuries, young players rising up the ranks, and the sport demanding more fitness, Roger will find it tough to make a comeback. However, legends never retire, and he will remain a legend for the years to come.
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.