Roger Federer has had to deal with a long series of physical problems over the past two years. The Swiss champion tried to return to Doha last year, but it became clear right away that the miracle of 2017 would not be repeated.
The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon were his best seasonal results, a far too meager booty for a legend of his caliber.
After being eliminated by Hubert Hurkacz in London, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to undergo surgery for the third time in the past 18 months. Fans are hoping that the 40-year-old from Basel will return in time for the Championships, but we will have to wait until April-May to better assess his physical condition.
Speaking to 'Credit Suisse', one of his historic sponsors, the 20-time Grand Slam champion explained how his life has changed over the past two years.
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"The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life...
because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to. I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning.
I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process. The transition will be an interesting one, my life will be different, the carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes, you know?" he added.
"Maybe I see it easier than it will be, but I'm very confident about it and that's not because I don't want to come back. We'll see how it will be." Federer added that his wife Mirka gave him a fresh perspective on his retirement, insisting that he would have no regrets when the time comes since it would allow him to spend more time with his kids.
"My wife has told me don't jump from one to the next, if you want to retire, make time, you know? See what you do, there will be opportunities, and my kids are at a very important age right now, boys are seven, girls are twelve," Federer said.
"And I wanna be there, you know? To support them as a dad, I feel I've been there so, so much and I don't have any regrets when it comes to that."