Roger Federer returns to speak publicly about his health condition. He did it after going through a difficult summer, full of physical boredom. The number of tournaments played this year barely reaches 13 and his last appearance dates back to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he was beaten soundly by Hurckacz.
From there the new knee discomfort and the decision to undergo another surgery, the third in a year and a half. Four days after the start of the Laver Cup, a friendly tournament much appreciated by the public of which he is the organizer together with other partners, Federer gave a brief interview to the radio station SRF.
The multiple Swiss champion, despite his 40 years, seems determined to return to the circuit and has announced (with understandable cautious optimism) that he wants to return to compete as soon as possible for what he sees as a challenge to himself.
2021 hasn’t been a vintage year for Federer
A few days ago it was reported in the Swiss media that Roger Federer has undergone surgery already. And during a recent conversation at a sponsorship meeting in Zurich, Federer claimed that he has gotten past the most difficult part.
"I'm feeling actually really good, considering you know that things are not (as bad) as I expected they would be," Federer said to the sports information service SID. "I'm recovering well and rehab is going really good, I must say.
I've had no setbacks you know, and everyday is a better day. I'm feeling strong and excited for what's to come." Shifting his focus to the Calendar Slam, Roger Federer claimed that he himself - as well as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - have shown that it is not impossible.
"I think it is possible, it's gonna happen again," Federer said about the Calendar Slam. "We saw it with Novak, with myself, with Rafa, that we come extremely close. Just doing it, you know, I think you need a bit of luck.
You need perseverance, you need strength, you need everything. I think it's gonna be hard but possible. What Novak did this year was, of course, truly exceptional." 2021 hasn’t been a vintage year for the 39-years-old.
Federer withdrew from the Australian Open as he was still recovering from the knee surgery. He advanced to the fourth round of the French Open but withdrew due to knee problems. Roger Federer returned to Wilmbledon with a positive approach.
Slowly and steadily, he advanced to the quarter-finals before stumbling against the 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-0. The third set of the encounter was Federer’s first bagel at Wimbledon, ever.