Despite the progress of the last few months after the double surgery on his right knee, Roger Federer is still far from his best condition and his entourage let it be known that to see him again on the pitch he will have to wait at least the end of February and will therefore miss all the first appointments of the new season.
including the Atp Cup. Federer, who is training in Dubai, is missing from the fields from the Australian Slam at the beginning of 2020, after the defeat in the semifinals against Djokovic, except for a charity match against Nadal in Cape Town.
A few weeks after the announcement of the arthroscopic surgery on his right knee that should have kept him in the pits for about four months, then a new operation that forced him to miss the whole post-lockdown season. It is the second time in his career that the Swiss has to stop for so long: in 2016 he ended up under the knife with a problem in his left knee, missing the Rio Games and the US Open before a 2017 that saw him triumph in Melbourne - success repeated the following year - and then at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are possibly the three best players in the history of tennis, thanks to the records they have achieved in their sporting career. This big three, in addition to achieving almost everything in tennis, has also won the affection of the fans and also of his own circuit mates.
In a video published by the ATP on his Twitter account, Italian Fabio Fognini acknowledges that he really wants to see his friend Federer on the circuit again after more than a year without playing an official match.
Fognini on his love for Roger Federer
Who would have thought that under his seductive air, Fabio Fognini had already found a soul mate? Like all of us, the Italian is a big fan of "Maestro" Roger Federer.
In a video posted on the ATP account, he proclaims all his love for the Swiss, expecting only one thing: to make his return to the pitch. "I would like to see Roger again because I'm a huge fan of him, I really enjoy seeing him play.
Sorry to tell you guys this, but he's tennis." Roger Federer’s got a lot going for him. He’s arguably the greatest tennis player who’s ever lived, he has 20 Grand Slam Titles, and in 2020, he beat out the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James for the distinction of “world’s highest-paid athlete,” reeling in $106.3 million over the previous calendar year.
Last year was a bit of a lost year for the 39-year-old Swiss, though. He competed only in January’s Australia Open, where he was knocked out in the semifinals. Not long after, he underwent the first of two arthroscopic surgeries for a right knee injury, which effectively ended his season.
If he had to pick a year to sit out, though, it would probably be the one in which his beloved Wimbledon was canceled (for the first time since World War II) and tournaments were postponed and played in empty arenas.