A few updates have come about regarding Roger Federer’s pre-season training. The Swiss who underwent two arthroscopic surgeries to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee has resumed his training. However, according to a recent report by journalist Simon Graf, there has been a significant delay in Federer’s training schedule.
This setback is relative to where Federer was in terms of his training after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee in 2016. In a measured tone that dissuaded expectations about his 2021 comeback being similar to what he achieved in 2017, Graf noted, in a tweet, “Will (Roger Federer) pull off another miraculous comeback like in 2017? Most in the tennis world hope so.
But he’s way behind schedule compared to four years ago”. In the same tweet, Graf also said that the three-week delayed start to the 2021 Australian Open could be helpful to the world no. 5.
Roger Federer readies himself for new tennis season
Reportedly, while Federer has been building up the intensity of his training these past months, his fitness level isn’t at where he wants it to be.
Also, this pre-season, Federer has been training with former Swiss pro, Ivo Heuberger instead of having youngsters over to train. Heuberger, whose career-high was no. 102 in the ATP rankings, retired from the tour in 2006. In 2020, Federer played only the Australian Open.
He reached the semi-finals after two consecutive tough rounds in the fourth round and quarter-final against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren respectively. In the quarter-final against Sandgren, Federer saved seven match points before advancing it to the second-last round.
He lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals in straight sets. Federer underwent the first of his two operations in February 2020. A couple of months later, while the tennis tour was suspended due to the pandemic, in June, Federer updated that he had had to undergo another arthroscopic operation.
“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 look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season,” Roger Federer had posted on Twitter.