Following two consecutive knee surgeries, former World No.1 Roger Federer made his remarkable comeback at the Qatar Open 2021 earlier this month. However, the 39-year-old from Basel describes his awaited comeback as a logical dream.
On 10th March, Swiss Maestro returned to the ATP Tour after over 13 months hiatus. He claimed his first tour-level victory against Brit Dan Evans since the Australian Open 2020 quarter-final. Unfortunately, Roger fell in the next round to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
In a recent interview, the 20-time Grand Slam winner said he could not come back to play second-round matches. And he wants to win big tournaments like Wimbledon, Olympics and beat the best players like Djokovic, Nadal.
“I want to win big tournaments and beat the best players in the world. I’m not coming back to play the second round in the middle of nowhere. I feel like I know what I have to do to get there. It’s part dream and part logic, it’s a logical dream,” the eight-time Wimbledon champion confessed.
“I am Not A Fan Of Surgeries”, says Roger Federer
Swiss did not play a competitive level match for more than a year for the first time in his career. Federer also underlined that staying away from the contest for a while is complex, and without backbreaking work, he would not be on the court today.
Roger continued, “To stay away from the competition for a long time is tough. In 2020, I underwent double knee surgery for the first time. I’m working very hard even though I don’t talk about it much. I hope people understand how hard I work. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have made it this far.”
When speaking about the necessity of his second knee surgery, Federer explained, “I needed to do a second surgery because something went bad after the first one. I am not a fan of surgeries, but it was impossible to avoid them. I lost my muscles. It was scary to see how quickly you can lose everything if you do not move.”
However, Roger Federer has now been working hard on himself to make a good comeback. But, there is no crystal clear report on when he plays the next competitive level match.