Roger Federer: 'I was unhappy with my knee long before South Africa'

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Roger Federer: 'I was unhappy with my knee long before South Africa'

On Monday, Roger Federer announced his new sneakers collection in Zurich, playing tennis and speaking with his fans worldwide. Asked about the knee setback, Roger said he wasn't happy with it long before the Australian Open and the match against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town.

The Swiss had to undergo two surgeries, not playing official encounters after Melbourne and deciding to skip the rest of 2020 and get back at 100% ahead of the new season. Dealing with injuries and surgeries is never easy. However, Roger had found a perfect time to fix the issue and play injury-free again, with the coronavirus halting the action since March.

With the USA's current situation, it is not very likely to see official tennis in Washington and New York in August and September. More likely, the season should resume in September in Kitzbuhel, Madrid, Rome and Paris, with the updating ATP ranking system not forcing players to compete at any of those events in the troubled times for the entire planet.

In 2016, Federer had to deal with the left knee, undergoing surgery in February and playing only seven tournaments, stopping the engines after Wimbledon to rest and start all over in 2017. It was one of the most impressive comebacks of our sport, with Federer winning 54 out of 59 matches and claiming seven ATP titles, including his first Major titles in five years at the Australian Open and Wimbledon!

Roger became world no. 1 in February 2018 following the title in Rotterdam, holding the throne 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 Wimbledon final, finishing the season ranked 3rd.

Roger didn't want to compete at 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 what would be the last official match for the Swiss in 2020. 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 the season.

"I was unhappy with my knee long before South Africa, and I thought I should do something. The second time, I was forced to do it. I played only once after South Africa, I hope that I'll still know to play when I return," Roger Federer said.