Last February, Roger Federer revealed that he had undergone surgery on his right knee to resolve an injury that had bothered him for some time. The Swiss champion aimed to return for the start of the season on grass, but had to change his plans due to the pandemic that forced all sports to stop.
Many of the fans of the former World number 1 had worried when Roger had confided that he had not yet resumed training on a direct social network with his friend Gustavo Kuerten. Subsequently, one of his most trusted collaborators, Severin Luthi, had admitted that the rehabilitation was proceeding more slowly than was expected.
The cold shower arrived Wednesday morning: Federer announced that he had performed a new arthroscopic operation that will force him to the pits until the beginning of 2021. Speaking on the Tennis Channel, Jimmy Arias expressed his concern about the future of King Roger.
Arias: 'I know that Roger Federer is superhuman, but...'
"I know that Roger Federer is superhuman at a lot of levels but the window is starting to close with the age," Jimmy Arias said. "Father Time catches up to everyone eventually, so this (news) is somewhat scary," the former World number 5 added.
"That's two surgeries in a row on the knee and movement is such a big part of his game you almost don't even notice it, that's how good it is. So in position for every shot, if he loses half a step, he's not going to be Roger Federer any longer.
It is a shame because of the whole who is going to be the greatest of all time thing is still very much in flux," Arias concluded. “A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee,” was tweeted from Federer’s account.
“Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level. I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season”.
Federer had been relatively healthy the previous three years, since missing the Rio Olympics and 2016 U.S. Open due to a left knee injury. He had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in February 2016.