Roger Federer opens up: 'My first goal was to walk without crutches'

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Roger Federer opens up: 'My first goal was to walk without crutches'

Roger Federer had to skip the second part of 2016 due to a knee injury. The Swiss made a perfect return and grabbed three Major titles between the Australian Open 2017-2018 to reach 20 Major crowns. Federer stayed competitive in 2019 as well, finishing inside the top-3 behind Nadal and Djokovic and wasting match points in the Wimbledon final against Novak.

Preparing another strong season in 2020, Roger reached the Australian Open semi-final before experiencing a severe knee injury that had kept him away from the court for 13 months! Roger underwent two surgeries in February and May last year and couldn't step on the court until October.

Starting from the beginning, Federer had to leave crutches behind to even step on the court, making small steps and working on his physical strength for a couple of months before making a return this March. Speaking about his recovery process following the quarter-final Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss explained his entire process following an injury and called it a slow but enjoyable experience.

Federer is still not at his best, experiencing a bagel in the third set against the Pole and deciding to skip the Olympic Games to recover his body ahead of the US Open.

Roger Federer spoke about his recovery process after a terrible knee injury.

"My recovery process was incredibly slow; I hoped for a faster one, to be honest.

The goal was to get ready for the last year's Wimbledon, and I feel like I barely made it for this year's edition. It was a long, hard road. I said it many times before; I actually kind of enjoyed it. It was always uphill. As slow as it was, it was always moving forward.

I haven't done that kind of rehab in the past, and I enjoy new things, even though it's maybe more of a negative thing to go through. I'm not going to get depressed doing rehab as you're trying and have a goal. The first goal was to walk again without crutches and then to start running again.

From then on, it starts to do side-to-side stuff. Then you're back on the tennis court. The process is actually one I enjoyed. We always wished it would go faster, but at the same time, the team and I decided we're only going to the next step once it's really solidified, so we don't have any setbacks," Roger Federer said.