Struggling with the left knee, Roger Federer had to undergo a surgery in February 2016. The Swiss competed at only seven tournaments that year, skipping the second part of the season after Wimbledon and charging batteries for another assault in 2017.
It was one of the most impressive comebacks in the game's history, as Federer won 54 out of 59 matches and claimed seven ATP titles, his highest number in ten years! Remaining among the best players in the world without a Major crown since 2012, Federer raised his level at the most significant tournaments to clinch the Australian Open and Wimbledon, improving his tally to 19 and moving further away from Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic!
After consistent results, Roger became world no. 1 in February 2018 following the title in Rotterdam.
At 36 and a half, he was still standing at the top of men's tennis, challenging Nadal and Djokovic for the next two years.
After four ATP titles in 2018, Roger added the same number last year, becoming the second player with 100 ATP trophies in the Open era behind Jimmy Connors when he won Dubai. Federer squandered two match points against Novak Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon and finished third in the standings behind two main rivals, keeping much younger opponents behind him and proving his eternal class once again.
Roger had opted to skip the ATP Cup in January, working on the practice court instead and preparing for the Australian Open where he reached the semi-final after thrilling victories over John Millman and Tennys Sandgren. Novak Djokovic proved to be too strong against the rival who wasn't at 100%, beating Roger in straight sets in the last official match for the Swiss this year.
Instead of playing in Dubai, Federer underwent right knee surgery in February, hoping to get ready for Halle and Wimbledon, but instead taking another procedure, closing down the engines for the rest of 2020. Borna Coric is among the ones who believe Roger Federer is capable of making another push and battle for the notable titles once he returns in 2021, having no doubts in great Swiss as he had proved us wrong many times in the past.
"We have been asking ourselves for the previous ten years, is this the last year of Roger Federer's career. Still, he keeps coming back, winning more Majors and other tournaments. It will not be easy for Roger to repeat that in 2021 but is certainly capable of doing that.
Many people had said he couldn't do that anymore, being too old, and then he comes back equally strong or even better. I'm not going to doubt him until he officially retires," Borna Coric said.