The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer is back at the gym, working on his physical shape in another attempt to overcome a knee injury and extend his career. Roger played 13 matches in 2021, entering five tournaments and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era. Federer ended his season at Wimbledon and underwent the third knee surgery, giving everything to take the pain away and finish his glorious career on his terms. Roger has been dealing with an injury since the start of 2020, playing only 19 encounters in the previous two years and failing to continue where he left in 2019. Despite turning 38 in August that year, Federer wrapped up the season in the top-3 behind Nadal and Djokovic, lifting the Masters 1000 crown in Miami and wasting two match points in that epic Wimbledon final versus Djokovic. Roger was the semi-finalist at the 2020 Australian Open, and that turned to be his only event of the season, undergoing surgeries in February and May and returning to the court in March this year.
Following the quarter-final in Doha and an early exit in Geneva, Roger scored three Roland Garros wins and withdrew to preserve his knee for the grass season. The Swiss experienced the earliest Halle loss ahead of that solid Wimbledon campaign that saw him beating four rivals. Hoping to reach the last four and remain on the title course, Federer suffered a massive 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and 48 minutes. The Pole became the second player who bageled Roger at Majors since Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Roland Garros final, as the Swiss left with nothing in the tank after a tight second set that could have gone to his side.
Roger Federer enters the gym, as he starts another recovery process.
Making too many errors and struggling with the positioning, Roger did not look good on the court in the first and third sets, especially in the last when he could not follow the rival’s pace. Hurkacz closed the encounter with 36 winners and only 12 unforced errors and grabbed five breaks from 15 opportunities, staying focused when it mattered the most to advance into the first Major semi-final. Federer underwent the third knee surgery a couple of weeks later and called it a season, starting another recovery process and hoping to return to action after the next year’s Wimbledon. After entering the gym these days, Roger will try to hit the practice court in March or April, still hoping to overcome the issues and fight for the notable titles despite turning 41 next August.