Roger Federer: ‘I’ve been pretty relaxed about that’

Almost two months ago, in the middle of the Laver Cup, seeing Roger Federer on crutches worried many, since there were still people who thought that the Swiss would be able to arrive in time for the Australian Open, after a spring-summer where he finished second. week at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. His knee continued to bother him, and that is why he decided to undergo surgery again to gain quality of life. Today, a few words from him to the Swiss press, has made us put our hands to our heads and is that his return, today, seems more than complicated by what he says. It is the first time Federer has spoken openly about his injury since he underwent surgery on this joint for the third time in less than two years. Never, until now, we had known from his own mouth what kind of injury he had and how the operation had been. Roger had the medial meniscus in his right knee sewn together and the cartilage treated. Already on our YouTube channel, a few months ago, we offered information about what exactly the injury that the Swiss had was, explaining what was happening to him. It was known that his return to the competition was not going to be in the short term, but the dates that Roger begins to manage and that he reveals in the interview, makes us really realize the extent of the injury he has in that right knee. “I won’t be able to go running until January and I won’t be able to train on the track until March or April. I would be very surprised if I came to play at Wimbledon (2022) “, reveals the Swiss, who does not lose hope of having one last dance and claims to be putting all his” heart and soul “in this last attempt. Federer is clear that he will return. He wants to say goodbye on the track and not through a statement or a press conference. “I don’t care if he came back in 2022 or 2023, 40 or 41 years old. The question I ask myself is whether I will be able to torture myself every day for my return. Today my heart tells me yes. Although I know the end is near, I would like to try to play a couple more important games again”, confesses Roger.

Federer last played at the Wimbledon Championships 2021

In a recent telephonic conversation with journalist Mathieu Aeschmann, Roger Federer revealed how he wants his fans to remember him. He clearly stated that instead of watching him play for the last time at the Wimbledon Championships, he would want people to remember him because of his famous wins and the impact he has had on the sport. “What kind of image will people remember of me? My last set at Wimbledon last July? Or my Grand Slam titles and what it triggered in them when they watched me play? My money is on the latter. For a few years now, I’ve been pretty relaxed about that,” said Federer. In the same conversation, Federer emphasized that retirement is a very personal decision for everyone. He feels that every athlete knows if it’s time for him to hang his racquets or not. “I think that every athlete should decide for himself. There is no right time to retire. There is only the time that suits each individual athlete. It is a very personal decision,” added the former World no.1.

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