The tennis season may resume in the upcoming months but the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will not be among the candidates for the notable trophies. The Swiss had to undergo the second right knee surgery a couple of weeks ago, opting to skip the rest of the season and get ready for a strong start of 2021.
Lindsay Davenport said it is typical for Roger to make careful moves and decisions, especially after not being at 100% after the first surgery. Also, the restart of the current season is anything but certain and it was the best for the Swiss to take more time off and make a fresh start next January.
In 2016, Federer struggled with the left knee, undergoing surgery in February and playing only seven tournaments that year, skipping all the action after Wimbledon to rest his knee and start all over in 2017. It was one of the most impressive comebacks ever, with Federer winning 54 out of 59 matches and claiming seven ATP titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, his first Major crowns since 2012!
After consistent results, Roger became world no. 1 in February 2018 following the title in Rotterdam, standing at the top of men’s tennis at 36 and remaining the main rival of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the next two years.
After four ATP titles in 2018, Roger added the same number last year, becoming the second player with 100 ATP trophies in the Open era behind Jimmy Connors.
Federer squandered two match points against Novak Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon and finished third behind two main rivals, keeping much younger opponents behind him for another year. Roger had opted to skip the ATP Cup, working on the practice court instead and preparing for the Australian Open where he reached the semi-final after thrilling victories over John Millman and Tennys Sandgren.
Novak Djokovic proved to be too strong in the battle for final, beating Roger in straight sets in what was the last official match for the Swiss this year. Instead of playing in Dubai, Federer underwent right knee surgery in February, hoping to get ready for Halle and Wimbledon but having to go with another procedure a couple of weeks ago, closing down the engines for the rest of 2020.
“This is going to be a more extended break in comparison to the one he had in 2016. That year, he had surgery in February and came back next January, and this time he will be out for almost a year. We heard rumors that he wasn’t at 100%, not starting practicing yet, with surgery not going as he expected, having to undergo another one.
In typical Roger’s fashion, he is so careful. He isn’t returning until being at 100%, especially in the current climate with all the controversies surrounding the upcoming tournaments. It’s easier for him to say that he is still not ready, working hard on making a strong start next January.”