A week after turning 40, Roger Federer has announced that he has to undergo the third surgery within a year and a half, still eager to extend his glorious career. The 20-time Major winner wants to retire on his own terms, and he is ready to pass another recovery process and play healthy again. Thus, Federer will skip the US Open and the Laver Cup, and it’s not sure when he would be able to compete again. Roger did a great job in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 title and wasting two match points versus Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final. Following another good result at the Australian Open last year, Federer announced knee issues and underwent the first surgery in February, with another coming in May.
Starting all over at 39, Roger hit the practice court again in October, working on his physical shape and feeling ready to compete in March this year. After 13 months, Federer stepped on the court in Doha and beat Daniel Evans for a winning return. Roger took another break and played again in Geneva and Paris on clay, earning three wins in Paris and withdrawing ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve energy for his beloved grass swing. The Swiss experienced the earliest Halle exit against Felix Auger-Aliassime and went to Wimbledon for his 22nd campaign at the All England Club.
Roger Federer will undergo the third knee surgery within 19 months.
Stopping the clock, Federer beat four rivals and became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, facing Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semis. Losing steam, Roger won only nine games in a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 defeat, experiencing his first bagel since Roland Garros 2008. Skipping the Olympic Games, Toronto and Cincinnati, Federer decided to undergo another surgery due to ongoing knee pain that has ruined his past two seasons.
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee. I hurt myself further during the grass-court season, and it’s just not the way to go forward. They told me that I need surgery to feel better, and I decided to do it. I’ll need another surgery, so I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and out of the game for many months. It’s the right thing to do because I wanna be healthy and give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour,” Roger Federer said.