The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer enjoyed another great season in 2019 and reached the Australian Open semis at the beginning of 2020. Instead of chasing more big results, Roger underwent knee surgeries in February and May and stayed away from the court until March this year, skipping 13 months in the most extended break from tennis of his career.
Working on his comeback since the closing stages of 2020, Federer played two matches in Doha, beating Daniel Evans in three tight sets and squandering a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters. In May, Roger suffered an early exit in Geneva before reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros.
He withdrew ahead of Matteo Berrettini clash to preserve energy for his beloved grass swing. The veteran reached the Wimbledon quarter-final for the 18th time in 22 trips to London, playing well in those four matches before experiencing a terrible 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz, one of his toughest at Majors in a career.
Still feeling the pain, Federer decided to undergo the third knee surgery and wrap up the 2021 season, hoping for a strong return in 2022. In his recent interview, Roger confirmed that the worst is behind him and that he only looks forward.
Federer understands it would not be easy to pass the recovery process for the second straight year, but he feels determined to get back in action at some point and extend his career.
Roger Federer underwent the third knee surgery and will return in 2022.
"The worst is behind me. I'm looking forward to everything that is to come. When you come back after an injury, every day that goes by feels better than the last. It's an emotional moment. It will be a challenge to get back on the circuit.
I want to get back to physical training and the court as soon as possible, but it still requires a little patience. The day I start again will be three very tough days. I'm feeling good, considering that things are not as I hoped they would be.
I'm recovering well, and the rehab is going well. I had no setbacks, and it gets better each day. I'm feeling strong and excited for what's to come. I experienced it already a bit last year. And I was surprised how somewhat easy it was for me to go through the rehab process because I know it's not everybody's favorite thing to do, especially as a top athlete.
But I think maybe after all these years of traveling, it was nice to be home having more time for the family," Roger Federer said.