'I don’t want to see Roger Federer at 80 per cent', says legend

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'I don’t want to see Roger Federer at 80 per cent', says legend

ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi says every Roger Federer match from now on will be a "gift" to the ATP Tour. Federer, 40, underwent two knee surgeries in 2020. Despite being 39 years old at the time, Federer returned in March 2021.

Federer appeared in just five tournaments before deciding to have a third knee surgery. Federer reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July and underwent surgery the following month. Federer refused to retire after undergoing a third knee surgery, as he left the door open for a possible comeback in 2022.

“Roger is over 40 years old. Every match he plays from now on will be a gift to us," Gaudenzi told Eurosport, quoted in Sportskeeda. Federer will surely miss the entire first half of the season. If Federer returns, that could happen in the second part of the season, perhaps during the American hard court tour.

"Obviously we're looking forward to him getting back on tour, but he's taking his time after the surgeries he's had," Gaudenzi added. 'Fingers crossed' Federer recently credited those around him with helping him have such a long career.

"My wife couldn't have been more supportive; my coaches, I had them all at the right time. I've always been very motivated, that's why I was always able to do what I did," Federer said in his interview with Credit Suisse. "I don't want to say that I've had a problem with the decision to retire, but it's a whole other situation to think about.

You know, my career is ending and then my wife is like, 'Okay, my foot is still fine, just okay. I don't enjoy it, I'll hit the road with you.' "

Federer is still undergoing rehabilitation

Tennis legend John McEnroe recently said he would love to see Roger Federer get back to the court soon.

"It goes without saying that anytime we are at an event where Roger is not playing we miss him," McEnroe said. "He is the classiest player and the most beautiful player I have seen on a court. As a fan I would love to see Roger around." McEnroe further claimed that Federer winning another Wimbledon would be "the most amazing of all".

But he also cautioned that if the Swiss is unable to play at 100%, he might struggle the same way that Andy Murray currently is. "He's pulled off the improbable before but this would be the most amazing of all if he was to win another Wimbledon," McEnroe said.

"Whatever makes him happy is what he deserves. If he wants to play we will be happy he is playing, but I don’t want to see Roger at 80 per cent. We have seen that with [Andy] Murray and it’s not easy. You want to see the top guys play at their best."