Roger Federer has been off the circuit for a long time for the past two years. The former world number 1 has had to deal with a serious right knee injury, which has reduced his appearances on the pitch to a flicker. Suffice it to say that the Swiss played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a record of nine wins and four losses.
The 40-year-old from Basel reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he was clearly defeated by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. The Pole took away the satisfaction of trimming a bagel to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the third set.
A few weeks after the Championships, the King announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate for the third time in 18 months. Federer hopes to be back in action this summer, but his presence at Wimbledon is highly questionable.
Meanwhile, the Maestro had to say goodbye to the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. In a recent interview with 'Credit Suisse', Roger revealed how his life has changed over the past two years.
Federer's goals developed with time
"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." During the interview, Roger Federer was also asked whether he ever felt he was destined for greater things in his early years.
In response, the Swiss disclosed that he had a very normal upbringing as a child and that his goals and aspirations only developed with time. "I come from a really normal background here, sports was always one of my favorite things to do besides going to school.
But of course, as time went by, you readjust your goals, and it became from top 100 to top 50 to top 10, to hopefully one day World No. 1, and then defending Wimbledon and staying at World No. 1... it's strange how things changed, you know?" he added.
"I remember the boy I was and still wanting to be that great, just a young boy who had a dream. I've just wanted to keep that mindset fresh... it's what kept me on the ground."