Roger Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday. Currently forced on the sidelines due to a knee injury, the Swiss acknowledges that it’s been a tough road to recovery, but he remains calm and patient.
It’s been tough times for Roger Federer’s humongous fanbase as of late. The Swiss Maestro has had a torrid time ever since his comeback to the tour, earlier in March of this year, after spending a little over a year on the sidelines, due to two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee.
The Swiss tennis pro has struggled to find any real consistency on the tennis courts, with his campaign being derailed at multiple junctures by injuries and fitness concerns.
Federer’s latest layoff comes as a result of an injury setback, suffered during the grass court season, which led to the Swiss pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics and more recently withdrawing from the the Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
As of now, the entry list of US Open includes Roger Federer, but having played a total of 13 matches since his comeback and none since his quarterfinals defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the Swiss’ participation in the year’s final Major is up in the air.
I haven’t done anything for a while because of my knee. I had to stop everything after Wimbledon, Federer said in an interview with the Swiss daily Blick.
This week, I have to meet my doctors and my team, and then we will see what happens next. For now, everything is still a bit vague.
Federer stays positive
Having to carefully pick and choose the tournaments he plays in this later stage of his career, Federer admitted that he feels much more pressure every time he steps onto the court these days, with each outcome being under immense scrutiny and it’s something he’s had to adapt to over time.
It’s like boxing, he said.
The fights decrease with increasing age. So the focus on a single match is much more important. This is something that I had to relearn.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future and the tough season he’s had to endure, Federer maintains a positive outlook and manages to put things into perspective.
I am a calm guy who takes things with humor, he said.
I’m doing very well. My family is in good health. I just turned forty and am still active. Who would have believed it? Surely not me. I’m totally in tune with myself and I’m sure there is still a lot of great things to come.