Roger Federer's recent announcement - that he will undergo a new surgery on his right knee - has raised far more questions than answers. The Swiss phenomenon had already undergone two surgeries on the same limb in 2020, taking much longer than expected to get back on track.
The former world number 1 returned to the tour last March in Doha, then opting for an additional training block until the start of the clay season. The 40-year-old from Basel has managed to play far fewer games than expected, just 13 in total, with a not-so-exciting record of nine wins against four defeats.
The best result reached him at Wimbledon, where he stopped in the quarterfinals, recovering a resounding blow from Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. After the renunciation of the Tokyo Olympics and the American Masters 1000, on 15 August the news of yet another surgery arrived.
King Roger has not closed the doors to his return to the field, although he is aware that it will not be easy at all. In a recent interview with Eurosport, Boris Becker said he was pessimistic about the possibility of seeing a competitive Federer again.
Boris Becker on Roger Federer
“Roger Federer ended the year after his third operation on the same knee - at 40, it takes even longer to recover," Boris Becker told Eurosport in an interview. "Whether he will come back to the tour again is really a big question mark.
Only he has the answer, only he has the solution." In a recent interview to ESPN, tennis legend, John McEnroe, faced a really tricky question about Roger Federer. He was asked whether the Swiss Maestro is satisfied with himself and considering retirement now or he would like to play at another tournament before bidding goodbye to the sport.
McEnroe believes that Federer has already earned a huge name that he doesn’t need a formal farewell. However, he also mentioned that it is quite frustrating to see him in his 40s when he is really struggling as a player.
“I just don’t want to see him out there where he’s — I experienced it myself, I know how frustrating it is. He’s way better than I ever was. You don’t want to see Roger Federer, if he’s 30 or 40 in the world,” added the 7-time Grand Slam winner.
Roger has been more fortunate. It caught up to him. But he’s 40. I mean, 40 in tennis, even now, is like 65 in another job. Either way he’s going to be able to hold his head high,” concluded the former World No.1.