Roger Federer recalls 2016 injury: I was preparing bath for daughters

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Roger Federer recalls 2016 injury: I was preparing bath for daughters

In a chat with a Japanese TV on Tuesday, Roger Federer recalled the time when in January 2016 he hurt his knee in Melbourne due to a random domestic accident. That was the morning after his Australian Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic.

Federer hurt himself while preparing a bath for his two daughters Myla and Charlene. 'I woke up, they were coming back from swimming, they wanted to take a bath, I said, "No, no, we take a shower", and they say, "No no, we take a bath", and I was like, "Okay, we take a bath, no problem, I give up." So I turned to tune in the water, and as I am turning I feel a little clickè in my knee, I realized I had a meniscus problem, I came back to Europe and basically, my year was over.

I think by getting injured it was a completely reset, I had time to reset my game, mind and maybe take away pressure, instead of "I am here to win Tokyo, I am here to Wimbledon", I could say "I am happy to just be here because my knee is doing well." By having less pressure I played more freely and better in the very important moments,' admitted Federer, who took a six-month break that year and then made a comeback in 2017 winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Federer also spoke about his relationship with the Japanese biggest player, Kei Nishikori: 'I know him very well, I remember practicing with Kei when he was 16 years old, even in Miami and I always thought he was a wonderful, great talent.

I predicted at the time with my friends, "Meet Kei, he is probably going to beat me in a few years". And he did, he beat me already a few times, now he has been injured unfortunately but he came back really nice and strong.

And now we are together at Uniqlo as well, I think it's very exciting for both of us. He is a super sweet and nice guy so I am really happy to see Kei healthy again.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title