Former tennis world #1 Roger Federer, 40 years previous and affected by recurring knee issues for 2 years, will know “by April-May” if he can return to tennis on the highest stage, he revealed on Wednesday February 2.
“Rodger”, winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, has not performed in any respect in competitors since his defeat within the quarter-finals of the final Wimbledon, in July, towards the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, and the operation of a knee which adopted, his third within the area of a 12 months and a half.
“The coming months are going to be interesting and important for me. I think I will know a lot more by April-May”he introduced throughout a video convention organized by considered one of his companions. “I want to come back strong and give it my all, said the Swiss on Wednesday. The motivation is still there and I want to work.”
The Basel was thirtieth on the earth on Monday, his place within the standings not being protected for medical causes. He performed simply 13 matches in 2021 and had performed simply six in 2020, when he underwent two knee surgical procedures.
“I'm going back to the gym tomorrow”he mentioned, pressured to coach “in slow motion” (…) “I would like to do a lot more but the doctors advise me to hold back a little”he added.
Federer additionally took the chance, like on Instagram on Sunday, to as soon as once more congratulate his nice rival Rafael Nadal, winner of his twenty first Grand Slam in Melbourne: “It was nice to see his emotions after this snatch victory”underlined the Swiss.
“Rafa told me he wasn't feeling very well, but (on Sunday) he lifted the Australian Open trophy. It's really a good example for everyone to follow”, says Federer. Nadal gained his twenty first Grand Slam trophy simply months after present process foot surgical procedure and contracting the coronavirus late final 12 months as he started his comeback.
Federer's final Grand Slam victory, his twentieth, already dates again to the 2018 Australian Open. He was 36 then, virtually Nadal's age right this moment (the Spaniard will have fun his thirty sixth birthday on June 3). ).