Roger Federer: 'I will reduce my schedule, playing 20 tournaments is not..'

Tennis - Struggling with a knee injury, Federer has not played for 11 months

by Jovica Ilic
Roger Federer: 'I will reduce my schedule, playing 20 tournaments is not..'

Roger Federer has played only six tournaments and 19 matches since the start of 2020. The Swiss has struggled with a knee injury, and he underwent three surgeries to prolong his career and play competitive tennis again. Eager to make another push and chase the titles again, Roger is preparing for his comeback at some point in 2022, signing to play the Laver Cup and Basel in a couple of months.

Roger has been working hard in the gym to recover his physical strength, and he hopes to play injury-free for at least one more season. In a recent interview, Federer stated that he can not play 20 tournaments per season anymore, having to pick his schedule wisely after such a long break.

Also, he mentioned that his kids would love to travel with him to Miami and London again, wishing to visit those tournaments in 2023. Roger reached the 2020 Australian Open semi-final before undergoing surgeries in February and May.

He was back on the court in March 2021, playing Doha, Geneva and Roland Garros ahead of his beloved grass swing. Despite his desire to continue where he left in 2019, Federer experienced his earliest Halle exit before reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era.

Roger took down Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to enter the last eight and set the clash against Hubert Hurkacz.

Roger Federer will embrace a light schedule once he returns.

The Pole proved too strong for the Swiss and beat him 6-3, 7-6, 6-0.

It was one of Roger's most brutal Major losses, as he experienced the first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Hubert was a better player in the opener, and he erased the deficit in the second set to reach a tie break.

Federer sprayed too many errors to fall two sets to love behind. Hubert was the only player on the court in the third set, and Roger admitted that he had nothing left in the tank after set number two. The Swiss underwent the third knee surgery a few weeks later, and he is yet to compete again.

Federer will drop out from the rankings after Wimbledon for the first time in 25 years, although he remains confident about his chances once he returns to action. "I will no longer play 20 tournaments per season; the schedule will be much more manageable. I know my children will be happy to return to some places in the world, like London or Miami," Roger Federer said.

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