Countless Roger Federer fans fell into despair when their idol announced that he will undergo a new surgery on his right knee. It is the third time that the Swiss champion has gone under the knife in the last year and a half.
Having recently turned 40, he is questionable if we will ever see the 20-time Grand Slam champion on the ATP circuit again. In the video posted on Instagram, the former world number 1 admitted that it will not be an easy task to return to play, but he wants to keep a glimmer of hope at least for a final catwalk in 2022.
King Roger has just played 13 matches this' year, with the quarterfinals at Wimbledon representing his best result of the season. The heavy defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court had left very bad feelings, as well as the subsequent forfeit at the Tokyo Olympics (the other big goal of his 2021).
In a recent interview with 'Blick', Swiss Fed Cup captain Heinz Gunthardt illustrated how Federer wants to give himself one last chance next year.
Federer suffered a shock defeat at Wimbledon
"He (Roger Federer) came back, ran onto the court and played very well again, in some cases absolutely great," Heinz Gunthardt said.
"Because things went so well for him, I can imagine that Roger intends to want to repeat that." Gunthardt believes Federer will return to action even if it's just for exhibition matches or the Laver Cup instead of the ATP Tour.
"I think he will come up again somewhere and hit balls - if not on the ATP Tour, then at a Match for Africa or at the Laver Cup," added Gunthardt. Paul Annacone coached Federer back in 2010, when he was in his prime.
The coach spoke on a telephone interview, where he highlighted the former No.1’s tenacious quality. “All I can tell you after four years of traveling with him is that he was one of the best at not complaining and not letting people know what was going on if he was having physical problems and not using stuff as an excuse,” stated Paul.
This ability of the 40-year-old legend has perhaps kept him focused on his main goals. Any frequent viewer of Roger can attest to the fact that he uses no excuses when he is on court. If he starts a match, he will give his all no matter how he is feeling.
Such gritty qualities elevate the truly great from the good ones! Roger Federer has, is, and always will inspire the generations to come. No matter how long it takes, we all hope to see one of the greatest of all time back on court sooner rather than later.