Roger Federer: It's extraordinary what Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic have done lately

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Roger Federer: It's extraordinary what Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic have done lately

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has admitted that he enjoyed time with his family over the last year but he also missed the Tour. Federer, 39, underwent two knee surgeries last season and he missed all of the event after the season restarted.

''I haven't heard a lot of people saying I should retire, I tried to stay away from the media. I believe that what you miss through injuries you can add at the backend of your career. It is good to take a break, I enjoyed with my family, but I missed the Tour,'' Federer said, per Sasa Ozmo.

Federer, who hoped to kick off his 2021 season at the Australian Open, ended up skipping the opening Grand Slam of the season but now he is set to start his season in Doha. ''Let's see how matches and practices with professional players go.

It's still building up to be better, fitter and faster, I hope I will be 100% by Wimbledon, and then the season start. Perhaps I surprise myself, like I did in practice for the last three weeks,'' Federer said.

Federer shows respect for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

Djokovic is coming off his third consecutive Australian Open title, while Nadal captured a record 13th French Open title last season.

''I think it's a great debate to have. What Novak and Rafa have done lately is extraordinary, they're not 25 either, but they seem at the peak. For them I am maybe the measuring stick, like Pete (Sampras) was for me,'' Federer said of the greatest of all time race.

Federer will take time before he makes plans for the rest of the season. ''For me, tennis is like riding a bike, I always knew that I could play very little and still play very good. My biggest concern is the knee, I've had two knee surgeries, I had to build from scratch. Next 3-5 months are going to be interesting,how the knee is gonna react,'' Federer added.