Roger Federer has played only 19 matches since the start of 2020, struggling with a knee injury and doing his best to extend his career. In March last year, the Swiss returned to the court in Doha and had to think about every move to get back at 100% and gain the rhythm without stressing his troubled knee.
Federer played well at Roland Garros and reached the fourth round before withdrawing to rest his knee ahead of his beloved grass season. Instead, Roger suffered an early loss in Halle and experienced a tough defeat at Wimbledon.
After the All England Club campaign, Federer said he knew it would not be easy to beat the young rivals, calling his experience a struggle. The veteran did not play well against Ilya Ivashka in the opening round in Halle before Felix Auger-Aliassime beat him 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, following a dominant display in sets two and three.
Roger Federer described his last year's grass campaign.
At Wimbledon, the veteran became the oldest player in the quarter-final thanks to victories over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego.
Still, Hubert Hurkacz proved to be a challenging obstacle and beat Roger 6-3, 7-0, 6-0 to deliver one of his most brutal losses at Majors. Federer was a break in front in set number two before the Pole erased the deficit and claimed the tie break.
Roger had nothing left in the tank in the third set, experiencing the first bagel since 2008 and undergoing his third knee surgery a few weeks later. "It's just about having perspective. You know you need a goal when going through rehab with what I did.
You can not think of the entire mountain to climb at once; you got to go in steps. Wimbledon was the initial first super step, if you like. That step is over, and you have to reassess everything. Halle and Wimbledon were a struggle for me, as I had to put in an extra effort every time, especially when things got difficult against Felix or Hurkacz.
I knew it would be hard, to be honest. Now I have to talk to the team, take my time and not feel rushed by you guys or anybody else, for that matter. I have to take my time and make the right decision, the one I want to take and where I feel most comfortable," Roger Federer said.