Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is happy that all of his family and friends have remained healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic as the Swiss admits he misses playing atmosphere. The season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak but world No.
4 Federer's lone appearance of this season came in late-January, when he made the semifinal at the Australian Open. A week after losing in the Australian Open semifinal, the 38-year-old Swiss clashed against his old-rival Rafael Nadal in a charity match held in South Africa and beat the Spaniard in three sets.
The match between former world No. 1 Federer and second-ranked Nadal set a new attendance record for a tennis match, as more than 51,000 spectators turned up to watch the two stars play in Cape Town. "Not at the beginning(covid-19) you couldn't do anything anyway, we were especially happy that we are not sick and that all friends and family are fine.
But now I miss it, I would like to be in a full stadium again," Federer reportedly told ZEITmagazin.
Roger Federer, if he misses Tennis: „Not at the beginning(covid-19) you couldn't do anything anyway, we were especially happy that we are not sick and that all friends and family are fine.
But Federer's desire won't be fulfilled before at least 2021
Shortly after playing Nadal in South Africa, the record 20-time Grand Slam champion announced he underwent a knee arthroscopic surgery to repair his damaged right knee.
"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” Federer announced on Twitter back in February. “I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.
After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. “As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.
I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!” But the recovery didn't go as planned and last month Federer announced on Twitter that his season was over: "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.
"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 see everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season." A few days ago, coach Severin Luthi said the recovery of Federer has been going well following a second surgery.