The recent announcement by Roger Federer worried fans, media and insiders: the Swiss Maestro made it official that he was forced to undergo a new surgery on his right knee and he will return directly in 2021. To Radio Marca’s microphones, Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach of the Spanish champion talked about this particular and bad news: “I thought this time it would be really nice to see returning to the tennis played and to see Roger Federer’s recovery.
This is really bad news, the truth is that we would like to see him play all his life. However, I don’t think he will retire after this injury.” During the interview, Toni Nadal also argued about the timing for the come back to train for tennis players: “I don’t understand these decisions, for Rafa it was not possible to train for a long time.
They resumed soccer first and then tennis. Honestly I don’t understand how this is possible.”
Roger Federer’s tweet
Through his social profiles, the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles wrote on Twitter: “Dear fans, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
A few weeks ago, have experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee Now, much I like I did leading up to 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100 % ready to play at my highest level.
I will be missing my fans and the Tour dearly but, I will look forward to seeing everyone back on the Tour at the start of 2021 season. Al the best, Roger.” Talking about Nadal’s injuries, Uncle Toni said: “I have always told Rafa special stories to motivate him.
I remember that after his injury I told him about Irene Villa’s problems” – She is a very respected woman in Spain and who has lost both legs in an attack in Madrid -” There are always many people doing things that can inspire you.
I used the word inspire a lot when I spoke with Rafa; I enjoyed using their influence. In the end, when you hear and see these people doing something special, you too feel a superior force and you feel able to do special things.”
Rafael Nadal is expected to come back to the court for the US Open 2020, scheduled for August 24th in Flushing Meadows. Roger Federer should come back on the court for the Australian Open 2021: will the next season be the last one of the Swiss Maestro?