Roger Federer recalls: 'My first goal was to walk without crutches'

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Roger Federer recalls: 'My first goal was to walk without crutches'

Roger Federer had to skip the second part of 2016 due to a knee injury. The Swiss made a perfect return and grabbed three Major titles between the Australian Open 2017 and 2018 to reach 20 Major crowns. Federer stayed competitive in 2019, finishing inside the top-3 behind Nadal and Djokovic and wasting match points in that epic Wimbledon final against Novak.

Preparing another strong season in 2020, Roger reached the Australian Open semi-final before experiencing a severe knee injury that had kept him away from the court for 13 months! Roger underwent two surgeries in February and May 2020 and could not step onto the court until October.

Starting from the beginning, Federer left crutches behind and made small steps while working on his physical strength for a couple of months before returning in March last year. Speaking about his recovery process following the quarter-final Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss explained his entire process following an injury.

Roger called it a slow but enjoyable experience, and he underwent his third surgery a couple of weeks after Wimbledon. Federer is yet to make a return, hoping to play again in a couple of months.

Roger Federer spoke about his recovery process after a terrible knee injury.

"My recovery process was incredibly slow; I hoped for a faster one, to be honest.

The goal was to get ready for Wimbledon 2020, and I feel like I barely made it for this year's edition. It was a long, hard road. I said it many times before; I enjoyed it. It was always uphill. As slow as it was, it was always moving forward.

I have not done that kind of rehab in the past, and I enjoy new things, even though it may be more negative to go through. I'm not going to get depressed doing rehab as you try and have a goal. The first goal was to walk again without crutches and start running again.

From then on, it starts to do side-to-side stuff. Then you are back on the tennis court. The process is one I enjoyed. We always wished it would go faster, but at the same time, the team and I decided we are only going to the next step once it's solidified, so we do not have any setbacks," Roger Federer said.