Roger Federer said he would be out of the game for “many months” in August because he required a third procedure on his right knee in 18 months in an attempt to return to competition; The 20-time Swiss Grand Slam champion last played at Wimbledon
Roger Federer says he “feels strong and excited for what is to come” as he recovers from his last knee operation at the age of 40.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion said in August that he would be out of the game for “many months” because he required a third procedure on his right knee in 18 months to give him “a ray of hope” that he can return to competition. .
Federer had two procedures in 2020 that resulted in over a year of rehab before returning to action in March, however he suffered another setback during his run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in July.
“I feel really very good … things are not as expected, but I am recovering well and rehabilitation is going very well,” Federer told Eurosport.
“I haven’t had any setbacks. I feel strong and excited for what’s to come. I wish I could be back on a tennis court as quickly as possible, but I have to be patient.
“It is a slow period at the moment. And I have to go step by step. And so far everything is going well. I am very happy.”
Federer, who missed the US Open as a result of the surgery, also believes that the Calendar Slam is still possible after Novak Djokovic fell at the last hurdle in New York earlier this month.
World number one Djokovic was aiming to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year, and surpass Rafael Nadal and Federer with a record of 21 majors, but lost in straight sets. before Daniil Medvedev.
“I think it may happen again,” Federer said. “We saw it with Novak, me and Rafa who got very close.
“But I think you need a little luck. You need perseverance, strength … that’s why I think it’s going to be difficult. But it is possible.