The double operation on his right knee and the subsequent relapse forced Roger Federer to stay away from the fields for over a year. The Swiss phenomenon, who played only one official tournament in all of 2020, returned to action only a few weeks ago in Doha reaching the quarter-finals.
The 39-year-old from Basel has his mind already focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which will be staged this summer after the postponement caused by the global pandemic. The former world number 1 will play a few tournaments on clay to get back at the right pace, having opted for an additional training block in order to fill his gaps in terms of physical strength.
The long hiatus also allowed King Roger to spend a lot of time with his family and friends, as well as being devoted to housework. In a recent interview granted to 'Numero', the 20-time Grand Slam champion illustrated in detail the activities he dedicated himself to during his rehabilitation.
Federer detailed the activities he indulged in during his rehabilitation
"No, I haven't 'binged' that much, neither movies nor series," Roger Federer said. "I was busy becoming the family quarterback, for once.
In my tennis life, I make the big decisions and people manage the day-to-day for me. There, I was really happy to pilot details with my wife, to think of things for the children, the garden, the house." The eight-time Wimbledon champion further mentioned that living a non-tennis life was relaxing, as he didn't need to depend on on-court results for his daily life decisions.
"I made video meetings with ATP, I communicated with Rafa [Nadal] in particular," Federer continued. "In my normal life, everything was improvised based on the results. I often left at the last minute, took out my things and put them back together.
Since the confinement, I have had time." Recently, Roger Federer spoke on various aspects that surround losing. He states one must not give too much emotional importance to losses. One should reflect on the match, analyze and figure out what went wrong, and then try to fix the problem.
A player shouldn’t ponder on their defeats for days on end, or else it becomes difficult to move on and focus on the future. Federer stated, “It’s from my defeats that I’ve learned the most. The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance.
Don’t judge yourself at all costs. Analyze and understand. You can do this alone, or by talking with others to get them out of the disappointment. Some people think for days and nights about the mistakes they made. I chose to analyze very quickly. It helps me to move on”.