In recent days, Roger Federer has provided some updates regarding his condition. Those who expected to see the Swiss phenomenon on the pitch again soon were very disappointed. Not only will the King not take part in the Australian Open 2022, but his presence at Wimbledon is also in strong doubt.
The third operation on the right knee in fact requires a long rehabilitation process and the Master does not want to run the risk of relapses at 40. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return to action in the summer of next year, with the hope of giving himself a final ride before retiring.
The former world number 1 played the pittance of 13 official matches in 2021, racking up nine wins against four defeats. His last appearance of him dates back to the Wimbledon tournament, where he surrendered sharply to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
The Basel veteran had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. In a recent interview with 'Sky Sport Italia', Federer expressed his desire to return to playing on particularly fast surfaces.
Roger Federer will return in 2022
“I heard also the US Open was fast, I’m hearing the Tour Finals is fast, so I’m missing out,” said Roger Federer in the interview.
In the same interview, Federer disclosed that the new fast courts are all a part of the sport and will ultimately prove to be good for it. He stated that even though he spent most of his time practicing on slow courts, he loves to play on the hard courts as well.
Intriguingly, he also said that he would have been happy to play at the ATP Finals in Turin right now compared to recovering in Switzerland. “It’s all good, it’s part of the game, I’ve had a great career so far, and I’ve learned a lot on the slow courts.
I’ve enjoyed playing on the fast courts as well. But, also clay is where I grew up, so no problem. But it would have been nice to be in Turin instead of being in Switzerland right now, that’s for sure,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
With six season-ending championships to his name, Roger Federer is the most decorated player in the history of the tournament. Novak Djokovic is the active player who comes closest to the Swiss' tally, with five titles to his name.
Ivan Lendl also has five titles like the Serb, but has long retired. Another retired player, Ilie Nastase, has won the event four times.