Roger Federer: 'That’s why I train and work daily'



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Roger Federer: 'That’s why I train and work daily'

Roger Federer is recovering and has no intention of quitting. The Swiss champion, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, has undergone two knee operations in recent months. He has decided to skip the whole 2020 season - which has yet to resume after the stop for the coronavirus - but is already fighting for 2021.

Year in which he will celebrate his 40th birthday. The "King of Tennis" does not give up and sees no now to be on the field in Wimbledon and Tokyo, where he will try to conquer that Olympic gold in singles that has always escaped him at the moment.

After the two knee surgeries, Federer is now planning the gradual resumption of activities. The post-operative course after the second surgery is proceeding without problems and Federer has announced that, as always, one of its main objectives for the next year is the Wimbledon tournament.

For this reason, the Swiss tennis player is carrying out the re-education period and is about to start a 20-week period of physical and athletic training. Federer also said that this 2020 was very particular for him: a semifinal in Australia after a difficult path before the defeat against Djokovic, the performance for Africa with Nadal in Cape Town in early February and then the intervention, crutches, Covid-19, the ban on moving and the new surgery.

Federer on Wimbledon

“I miss Wimbledon,” Roger Federer told reporters in Switzerland. “Right now I would love to be there. I would like to play on Centre Court for a place in the second week of the tournament.

One of my great goals is precisely to play it next year, and that’s why I train and work daily. Now I’m going to face a block of twenty weeks of physical preparation. Wimbledon has given me everything”. The ATP Tour will resume on August 14 with the Washington Open, according to revised calendar that was issued on Wednesday.

The US Open will also be held according to its original schedule from August 31 with the Cincinnati Open being held at the Flushing Meadows before that from August 22. The last event in the calendar is the French Open scheduled for September 27.

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi expressed hope that more tournaments can eventually be added. The ATP Challenger Tour will also resume from the week of 17 August, in parallel with the ITF World Tennis Tour.