Last seen at the prestigious Wimbledon championship of last year, Roger Federer opened up about his injuries and operations in a recent interview.
After aggravating his knee at the popular grass court tennis tour, Federer had to undergo another surgery on his right knee in the month of August last year. That was the Swiss champ’s third knee surgery after the ones in the months of February and May back in 2020.
Roger has not appeared at a single Grand Slam or ATP tour tennis events since his Wimbledon quarter- final match against the Polish player Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.
“I remember the boy I was. And still wanting to be that wanting to be that great, you know just young boy who had a dream, you know. And I’ve always tried to stay young and fresh, and keep that mindset throughout. Because it’s what kept me on the ground I believe,” the Former World No. 1 stated when asked about his drive towards the game of tennis and being the number one player of the world.
Roger spoke about the support he received from his team, family including his wife Mirka Federer who came with him on his tours.
Federer shared how the CoviD- 19 pandemic and his injuries has let him stay at home and spend time with his family- “On top of all that, I have a great family with my four children, as you know and also my wife. We love spending time together, for the last two years have been highly interesting in terms of CoviD but also my injuries. So, they’ve been incredible for me, to have them there and support me.”
Talking about his ‘strive to be the world number one,’ Roger stated how he came up stage by stage, without ever thinking that he would play at the prestigious tournament like that of Wimbledon or being World No. 1 for that matter. “I was gonna be happy if I would have won one tournament, and you know, the tour, the top hundred let’s say. As time went by, you re-adjust your goals and it became from top 100 to top 50 to top 10, to becoming hopefully one day world number one.”
The Swiss athlete and Rafael Nadal recently announced their comeback at the Laver Cup this year, which is to be held in September. The two of the Big Three will be joining hands for the Team Europe. Having played doubles at the inaugural event of the Laver Cup back in 2017, Nadal and Federer have contributed together for the 2017 and 2018 wins of the Team Europe.