Roger Federer prepares for his ‘last dance’
Roger Federer will not play again until 2021 after undergoing knee surgery again, he himself announced to his supporters on Wednesday. About to turn 39 and in full swing to maintain the throne as ‘best tennis player of all time’, this injury leaves him in a difficult situation. Is it the end of the legend or is the Helvetian preparing for a new arreón that will further extend his sublime record?
“I have to, as I learned before the 2017 season, take the time to be 100% and play at my highest level”, commented Roger Federer while announcing that he will not play again until 2021 after going through the operating room again due to his knee injury. Federer says goodbye to the 2020 season – which is intended to resume in August – but does not give up its winning gene. The winner of 20 Grand Slams challenges rivals, time and himself to come back stronger.
He will be 39 and a half years old when he returns to the competition, with a difficult recovery ahead, but Federer does not lose sight of the fact that he was reinforced in similar situations. In the summer of 2016, his knee forced him to stop, he missed the rest of the circuit, in addition to the Rio Games, but the Basel returned stronger in 2017. “I knew my knee would never be the same and I wasn’t sure if I could fully recover from it.”, he later recognized.
However, Federer tried himself in Melbourne. «At the Australian Open I knew that, even losing in the first roundIf I got out of there healthy it was a victory for me. But just at the most important moment I got my best tennis », related a few years ago. A tennis that not only made him overcome that game, but the following six to take over the title and thus add 17th Grand Slams, five years after the last one and with an operation in between. Months later he would raise the Greats to 18, after conquering the Tennis Cathedral, Wimbledon again and in 2018 he would defend the crown in Melbourne.
Pulse with Djokovic and Nadal
After that injury, Federer studied his schedule well, the tournaments to which he should go and in which he should be absent to take maximum care of his body and not give up on winning. Since then he added 15 new titles to his achievements, among them three Grand Slams and four Masters 1000.
This injury comes now at a time when the fight to be the player with the most Grand Slams is more hectic than ever. Federer already only takes one to Nadal and two to Novak Djokovic at a time when neither players like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or others have managed to dissolve the tripartite at the Grand Slams. Federer for now will rest the rest of 2020, how he will return in 2021 is the doubt.