The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer is working hard on a comeback, eager to make one more push and finish his glorious career on his terms. Roger has played only 19 matches since the start of 2020, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing three surgeries within a year and a half.
Federer's last encounter came at the last year's Wimbledon, and he experienced the third surgery soon after that to start another recovery. Skipping the last part of the 2021 season, Roger hopes to get ready and compete again this summer, targeting Wimbledon or the North American swing.
In a recent interview, Federer revealed that he still can not run or push his body to the limits. The Swiss trains in the gym, and he should know more about his physical shape in April, doing everything according to his doctors' advice.
Roger underwent surgeries in February and May 2020, playing only one tournament that season and returning to the court in March last year. Following the Doha quarter-final, Federer claimed three Roland Garros wins before withdrawing to save his knee for the grass swing.
The Swiss experienced his earliest Halle exit and went to Wimbledon with question marks over his head. After beating four rivals, the veteran stopped the clock and became the oldest quarter-finalist at the All England Club.
Roger Federer will try to compete in the second part of 2022.
Hoping to reach the last four, Federer suffered a massive 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes. The Pole became the second player who bageled Roger at Majors after Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Roland Garros final.
The Swiss had nothing left in the tank after a tight second set that could have gone to his side. Making too many errors and struggling with the positioning, Roger did not look good on the court in the first and third sets, still feeling pain in his knee and deciding to undergo another surgery.
"I have very important months ahead of me. I feel like I will know a whole lot more about where my body is going to be in April. Up until now, I was not allowed to run yet, do the heavy workload with jumps and stop-and-goes.
So, I hope that's all going to start hopefully in a couple of weeks and then we will see how the body will react to that. Of course, the drive is there. I'm motivated to do the work that I'm allowed to do. I did it all again this morning, and I'm back in the gym tomorrow.
It's still good times even if it's a bit slow because I would love to do way more, but the doctors and everybody is holding me back a bit," Roger Federer said.