Roger Federer: ‘I was actually surprised at how…’

Roger Federer played just 13 official matches in 2021, with a very unsatisfactory tally of nine wins to four defeats. His last appearance was at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals thanks to a not impossible draw. His run ended in front of Hubert Hurkacz, who took off the whim of giving him a bagel in the third set on Center Court. A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. The former world number 1 underwent the surgery and has already begun the rehabilitation process. The hope is to see him back on the pitch in 2022 at least for a final catwalk, useful to end his extraordinary career in the best possible way. During a meeting with sponsors in Zurich, King Roger provided some interesting updates on his form. Recall that the 40-year-old from Basel will not even be able to take part in the 2021 edition of the Laver Cup, staged this weekend in Boston.

Federer has undergone surgery already

“I’m feeling actually really good, considering you know that things are not (as bad) as I expected they would be,” Roger Federer said to the sports information service SID. “I’m recovering well and rehab is going really good, I must say. I’ve had no setbacks you know, and everyday is a better day. I’m feeling strong and excited for what’s to come.” Many believed that Roger Federer’s latest setback spelt doom for his career as it would greatly affect his morale. “I experienced it of course last year and I was actually surprised at how easy it was for me to go through the rehab process,” Federer said. “I know it’s not everyone’s favorite thing to do as a top athlete but I think after all these years of travel it was also nice to be home and having more time for the family.” Roger Federer also expressed hope about returning to action “as quick as possible”, but cautioned that he needs to take it one step at a time. “Of course, I wish I could be back on the tennis court as quick as possible, but I have to be patient,” he added. “Look it’s a slow period right now, I gotta take it step-by-step. So far, so good, so I’m very happy.” The 20 times grand slam champion announced in August 2021 that he won’t be competing at Laver Cup this year. In an interview with Laver cup, the Swiss stated that he needs to undergo another knee surgery. “I’m really disappointed to be missing this year’s Laver Cup,” said Federer in the interview. Laver Cup is regarded as Federer’s favorite tournament as he loves to play there.

 

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