Stephane Robert on Roger Federer practice: I had never seen someone play like that

Former French tennis player Stephane Robert couldn’t believe what he had just witnessed after practicing with Roger Federer. 

Federer underwent a knee surgery in 2016 and when he returned he captured back-to-back Australian Open titles. 

“When Roger made his comeback in 2017, I practiced once with him indoors and I had never seen a player who played like that in tennis, who moved the ball so easily, it was unbelievable, I had never seen that, I was like, ‘what the hell is this?’ There, if he doesn’t win the Australian Open, I don’t understand anything anymore,” Robert rold Tennis Legend, as revealed on We Love Tennis. 

Federer underwent three more knee surgeries 

Federer underwent two more knee surgeries in 2020 and he underwent another knee surgery this past August. 

“It was a tough process to take that decision, just because I already had couple of knee surgeries last year,” Federer said at the Laver Cup.

“I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon. I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end, at some point, too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step.”

Federer acknowledged that he won’t rush his comeback. 

“I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I’ve got to be back on the tennis court,” he said.

“But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year. I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point.

“This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I’m really happy.”