The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer decided to wrap up his season ten days ago, not playing since Wimbledon due to ongoing knee issues. Thus, the Swiss star has played only 13 matches after the last year’s Australian Open, undergoing two knee surgeries in February and May and staying away from the court for 13 months.
Eager to get back and compete, Federer entered five tournaments between March and July this year, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final but feeling the pain in his knee again and opting to undergo the third surgery. Thus, the veteran will not compete again in 2021, hoping for a fresh start at some point in 2022 and keen to finish his glorious career on his terms.
The seven-time Major winner Boris Becker puts a question mark over Roger’s comeback, saying it would be tough for the 40-year-old to endure another injury and start from the beginning, as he did last year. Also, the German wished the Swiss all the best whether Roger would play again or not, reminding that he has already achieved so much.
Federer did a great job in 2019, considering his age, winning the Masters 1000 title and wasting two match points versus Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final. Following another good result at the last year’s Australian Open, Federer announced knee issues and underwent the first surgery in February, with another following in May.
Starting all over at 39, Roger hit the practice court in October and had worked on his physical shape before returning to competition this March. After 13 months, Federer beat Daniel Evans in Doha for a winning return. Roger took another break and played again in Geneva and Paris on clay, earning three Roland Garros wins and withdrawing ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve energy for his beloved grass swing.
Roger Federer will miss the rest of the season following the third knee surgery.
The Swiss experienced the earliest Halle exit against Felix Auger-Aliassime and went to Wimbledon for his 22nd All England Club campaign. Turning the clock, Federer beat four rivals and became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, facing Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semis.
Losing steam, Roger won only nine games in a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 defeat, experiencing his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Skipping the Olympic Games, Toronto and Cincinnati, Federer decided to undergo the third surgery due to ongoing knee pain that has ruined his past two seasons.
“We always talked about the switch of generations and how long the big three will make it. The last Mohican has now emerged from the big three. That is Novak Djokovic, who is having an incredible year. Roger ended the year after his third operation on the same knee at 40, and it takes even longer to recover.
Whether he will come back to the Tour is really a big question mark. Only Roger has the answer and solution. I wish him above all that he gets well again; that is the most important thing. The rest of his life is still ahead of him, and whether he plays tennis again or not is almost secondary. He has already won so much and does not have to prove anything to anyone,” Boris Becker said.