On January 30, 2020, Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-final in straight sets. Struggling to find the form during the fortnight and barely beating John Millman and Tennys Sandgren, Federer played another match against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town at the beginning of February before announcing a knee surgery.
The Swiss had dealt with knee issues for some time and decided to undergo surgery, hoping to play again in June. The coronavirus halted the action until August, and Federer wasn't ready to continue the season, undergoing another surgery in May and deciding to leave 2020 behind and focus on a fresh start in 2021.
The 20-time Major champion returned to the practice court in October, starting all over after such a long break and working hard on his physical shape in the next couple of months. Roger didn't recover in time for the Australian Open in February and wasn't willing to spend a couple of weeks in Melbourne without his family.
Roger Federer shared his goals after being sidelined for 13 months.
Instead, the Swiss made a long-awaited comeback in March in Doha, entering the court as the three-time champion and the 2nd seed. In the first match in over 13 months, Roger took down Daniel Evans in three sets with a single break in the decider, battling hard and making a winning return to thrill his fans worldwide.
In the quarter-final, the veteran wasted a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili, losing ground in set number two and squandering that chance in the final one to finish his journey. In a recent interview, Federer said that he didn't work on his comeback to compete in the second round at some small tournament.
The Swiss Maestro wants to chase notable titles again this season and fight against the world's leading players, hoping to get back at 100% by his beloved Wimbledon. "I want to win big tournaments and beat the world's best players.
I'm not coming back to play second rounds in the middle of nowhere. I feel like I know what I have to do to get there. It's part dream and part logic; it's a logical dream. I'm working very hard even though I don't talk about it much.
I hope people understand how hard I work; otherwise, I wouldn't have made it this far. I've never stopped playing for as long as I did after the double knee operation in 2020. Inactivity is difficult," Roger Federer said.