After two knee operations in the disastrous start of 2020, Roger Federer starts working on the court for the 2021 season. The Swiss's return is approaching. In a recent interview, Roger Federer's coach Severin Luthi recently gave an update about the Swiss' recovery process and future plans.
Luthi also said Federer's 2017 Australian Open win was a borderline miracle, and that it'd be tough to do a repeat.
Luthi on Roger Federer
"Let's be honest: what Roger Federer did in Melbourne in 2017 bordered on a miracle," Severin Luthi said.
"To win one of the biggest tournaments with practically no competition practice, that was extraordinary. Federer is an exceptional talent. But his competitors are all very good tennis players. The younger ones in particular are constantly developing."
Federer announced during the forced coronavirus break that he would be forced to sit out the remainder of the year after a re-occurring knew injury, which required follow up surgery. Many feared the 39-year-old wouldn’t return after yet another setback.
Federer began his 2020 season at the 2020 Australian Open. He reached the semifinals after straight sets wins over Steve Johnson and Filip Krajinović, a five-set win over John Millman and a four-set win over Márton Fucsovics.
Federer saved seven match points in his five-set quarterfinal win over Tennys Sandgren. Federer then lost his semifinal match to Djokovic in straight sets, having sustained a groin injury earlier in the tournamant. In February, Federer underwent arthroscopic surgery for a right knee injury and subsequently withdrew from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open to give time for his knee to recover, announcing that he would return in the grass season.
On June 10, due to a setback from his initial rehabilitation from the knee injury suffered earlier in the year, Federer announced that he had to have an additional arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. Therefore, he officially shut down his season to take the necessary time to recover, vowing to return in 2021.
This is only the second year in Roger Federer's career since he won his first title that he finishes without a title. Roger Federer has huge popularity in the world of sport, to the point that he has been called a living legend in his own time.
Given his achievements, Federer is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with many players and analysts considering him to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He has also been called the greatest athlete of his generation. Tennis.com listed him as the greatest male player of the open era.