A week after his 40th birthday, Roger Federer has announced that he is due to undergo the third surgery in a year and a half, still eager to extend his glorious career. The 20-time Major winner wants to retire on his own terms and is ready to go through another recovery process and get back to playing healthy.
Therefore, Federer will skip the US Open and Laver Cup, and he is not sure when he will be able to compete again. Roger did a great job in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 title and squandering two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final.
After another good result at the Australian Open last year, Federer announced knee problems and underwent the first surgery in February, and another in May. Starting again at 39, Roger returned to the practice court in October, improving his fitness and feeling ready to compete in March of this year.
After 13 months, Federer stepped onto the pitch in Doha and beat Daniel Evans for a winning comeback. Roger took another break and returned to playing in Geneva and Paris on clay, notching three victories in Paris and retiring before the fourth round clash to conserve energy for his beloved grass swing.
The Swiss experienced Halle's first outing against Felix Auger-Aliassime and went to Wimbledon for his 22nd season at the All England Club. Stopping the clock, Federer beat four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, facing Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semi-finals.
Federer announced that he would undergo knee surgery
While Roger Federer's announcement has sparked an intense debate about his tennis future, Marc Rosset is more concerned with how the surgery will turn out. While speaking on Le Matin, the 50-year-old pointed out how Federer never really felt at ease after his comeback, thus making the upcoming procedure all the more important.
"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 he never really played 100% of his means."
Marc Rosset firmly believes that Roger Federer has chosen to undergo a third knee surgery to give himself the chance to make one last comeback and retire on his own terms. "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."