The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer has shared a video that all of his fans wanted to see! The Swiss legend is back practicing, hitting forehands on an indoor court and making small steps around the ball. Roger is giving his best to make another comeback and extend his career, hoping to end it 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 latest encounter came at the last year's Wimbledon, and he experienced the third surgery soon after that to start another recovery.
Skipping the second part of the 2021 season, Roger hopes to get ready and compete again this summer or fall. Making small but steady process, Federer is back on the practice court, and he should increase the pace of his training in the upcoming months if his knee fully recovers.
Roger Federer is practicing again after an extended break and the third knee surgery.
Federer could not hit balls or enter the practice court in the previous months, doing everything according to his doctors' advice and still embracing short sessions with his wife and kids.
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 took another break and claimed three Roland Garros.
The Swiss withdrew ahead of Matteo Berrettini clash to save his knee for the grass swing. Federer experienced his earliest Halle exit to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and set eyes on his beloved Wimbledon. Roger stopped the clock at the All England Club and defeated four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era.
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 fought well in the second set but lost in the tie break to fade from the court. 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.
Eager to return to the court, Federer will endure at least 12 months without competitive tennis, hoping to play at the Laver Cup in London in September or even earlier.