Turning 40 in August, Roger Federer is one of the oldest players on the ATP ranking list. After a couple of notable seasons and many age records by his name, Roger experienced severe knee injury last year, playing only one tournament at the beginning of the season and undergoing two knee surgeries in February and May.
After the second, Roger decided to skip the rest of the season and focus on 2021, hoping to fight for notable titles again and get back at 100% by Wimbledon. Federer couldn't recover in time for the Australian Open and will make his return at this week's ATP 250 event in Doha, facing Jeremy Chardy or Daniel Evans in the second round.
Speaking about Roger's return, Richard Gasquet said he is impressed by his will to compete at this point of his career and after the most extended break and two surgeries. Richard reminded that Roger achieved unbelievable things in the past couple of years as a veteran, including Major titles and high ranking positions.
Richard Gasquet praised Roger Federer and his efforts.
Federer's previous knee injury came in 2016 and kept him away from the court until the next season. Roger made a stellar comeback, winning seven ATP titles for the first time in ten years!
With an aggressive approach and rock-solid backhand, Federer conquered two Major titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and three Masters 1000 titles, finishing the season ranked 2nd behind Rafael Nadal. Roger defended the Melbourne crown in 2018 and became world no.
1 in February at 36, securing another age record and standing strong in the rest of the season and in 2019 to remain in the top-3. Knee injury halted Roger's progress at the beginning of the previous season, and the Swiss is ready to make one more push and extend his career for a couple more years.
"It's fabulous that Roger is coming back at 39. It's exceptional after two knee operations, and I'm happy he's coming back. It's great that Roger is still competing, and we'll see what happens. What impresses me is the longevity, the career and the physical impacts he has had.
With all the matches he has played, he is still there. Roger won a Major at 36. He will be 40 in August, and it's impressive," Richard Gasquet said.