The tennis season should resume in August but the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will not be among the candidates for the trophies. Since February, the Swiss had to undergo two right knee surgeries, opting to skip the rest of the year and prepare for a strong start of 2021.
It's never easy to deal with injuries and surgeries but it seems that Roger had picked the right time to fix his knee, as the season restart doesn't look like a done deal, having in mind many recent problems with the coronavirus.
In 2016, Federer struggled with the left knee, undergoing surgery in February and playing only seven tournaments that year, skipping all the action after Wimbledon to rest and start all over in 2017. It was one of the most impressive comebacks ever, as he won 54 out of 59 matches and claimed seven ATP titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, his first Major crowns since 2012!
Consistent results and deep runs had made Roger world no. 1 in February 2018 following the title in Rotterdam, standing at the top of men's tennis at 36 and remaining the main rival of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the next two years.
After four ATP titles in 2018, Roger added the same number last year, including his 100th trophy in Dubai.
Federer squandered two match points against Novak Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon and finished third behind two main rivals, keeping much younger opponents behind him for another year.
Roger had opted to skip the ATP Cup, working on the practice court instead and preparing for the Australian Open, reaching the semi-final after thrilling victories over John Millman and Tennys Sandgren. Novak Djokovic proved to be too strong in the battle for the final, 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 having to go with another procedure at the end of May, shutting down the engines for the rest of 2020.
"For me, it's been very nice to be in Switzerland for as long as I have been since the lockdown. For the last 25 years or so, I have been traveling a lot, never spending two consecutive months at home; now, we have been in Switzerland for four or five months, enjoying ourselves.
The life quality in Switzerland is great, now we have summer and the people who spend time outside, just like we do. The last couple of months were dominated by two knee surgeries. I had to take step by step, going with the rehab and slow recovery.
I must say I feel much better already, I'm not at the level where I can play tennis fully yet, but I'm confident about being at 100% ahead of the next season," said Roger Federer.