As was widely predictable, Roger Federer failed to repeat the half miracle of 2017. Four years ago, after six months of absence from the circuit, the Swiss phenomenon had returned in great style by winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon (in addition to the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai).
This time things went differently. King Roger, who had undergone two knee operations in 2020, returned to Doha last March. It was immediately understood that his level of form was not what he or his team wanted. The former world number 1 managed to play just 13 official matches in 2021, with a meager record of nine wins against four defeats.
The best result came in Wimbledon, where the 40-year-old from Basel pushed himself to the quarterfinals. At the same time, Hubert Hurkacz’s clear blow to Center Court left bad feelings in the Swiss's mind. A few weeks later, the Master announced that he had to operate on his knee for the third time.
The surgery was successful and the 20-time Grand Slam champion has already started rehabilitation.
Federer shed some light on his recovery process
"Yeah, I mean it was a tough process to take that decision just because I've had already a couple of knee surgeries last year," Roger Federer said.
"And I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon; I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top top level." Federer acknowledged that there wasn't much he could have done to alter his fortunes, but stressed the importance of taking it one step at a time going forward.
"I just got to take it step by step," Federer said. "I got to first walk again properly, run properly, then do the side steps and all the agility work and then eventually going to be back on the tennis court.
But it's going to take me a few more months, and then we'll see how things are at some point next year." The World No. 9 insisted that he is in a "good place", as he thinks he has seen the worst of his injury issues.
"I gotta take my time, I don't want to rush into anything at this point," Federer said. "This is also for my life you know, I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything. So I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me."