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Roger Federer worries about his career: knee surgery is inevitable

Updated on August 16, 2021, 4:23 pm

  • Roger Federer cannot avoid another operation on his injured knee.
  • Whether the tennis legend will be able to return to the tour at the age of 40 is in the stars.
  • The events of the 2021 season give rise to justified and strong doubts – even for Federer himself.

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How big or how small his glimmer of hope for his comeback is, perhaps only Roger Federer himself knows. The tennis world star looked a little emotional when he announced his next knee operation in a video on Instagram and also said this remarkable sentence: ” I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to get back on the tour. “

He is evidently aware that this severe setback could mean the end of his exceptional career. In the one-and-a-half-minute message, he did not speak of the end of his career, but admitted: “I’m realistic, don’t get me wrong, I know how difficult an operation is at this age.”

Exactly one week after he had received numerous good wishes on his 40th birthday, Federer had to report on his next long forced break on Sunday evening. “I will be on crutches for several weeks and be ‘out of the game’ for several months”, the Swiss clarified. His knee has deteriorated in the grass season and at Wimbledon. After various examinations, it became clear to him that it would not work without an operation.

The 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner did not say which injury it is exactly. He wanted to get well, he wanted to be able to walk around later. And he wants to approach rehab with the goal of continuing to be active on the tour, he added.

Roger Federer will no longer play tennis in the 2021 season

Of course, Federer is not only missing the US Open, which starts on August 30th in New York. The rest of the 2021 season should also be over for him, that much seems clear. But will the long-standing number one in the world even become competitive again? To an extent worthy of a star in its class? When is a return conceivable? Or was that it now? The doubts as to whether Federer will make it back to the top of the world are growing bigger and bigger. Apparently, however, the Swiss wants to torture himself again. It shouldn’t hurt him to dictate when to stop.

It is becoming more and more clear, however, that Federer is likely to be denied a grand finale to his brilliant tennis decades. He may have lost his last chance for a Grand Slam title in 2019 when he missed two match points against Novak Djokovic in the longest final in Wimbledon’s history. Federer focused everything on his favorite tournament this season after making his comeback in March after more than a year. He had two knee operations in 2020.

Roger Federer only played 13 matches in 2021

Federer only played 13 games this year. Most recently, he failed in a sobering way in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. At the latest since the 0: 6 in the third set against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz it has been clear that Federer is going through a difficult phase. Then the father of four had to let everything sink in first. He canceled the Tokyo Olympics. He did without the start of the hard court season in North America.

The eight-time winner of the Wimbledon tournament, Roger Federer, had to accept the end of the quarter-finals of the 2021 edition against the Poland Hubert Hurkacz at the age of 39.

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The Spanish top star Rafael Nadal is currently injured. And Djokovic is also taking a break. The Serbian world number one has already announced that he will attack the gold medal again at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and will focus on the upcoming US Open. Even in New York, Djokovic could leave his rivals Nadal and Federer behind with the number 21 Grand Slam title.

Federer’s goal should be to determine for himself when he wants to close his tennis chapter. A long time ago he once said that he didn’t have to stop being cheesy. But it shouldn’t end with an injury. But even his biggest fans shouldn’t have more than a tiny glimmer of hope for such a miraculous comeback as 2017. At that time, Federer surprisingly won the Australian Open – and Wimbledon. (dpa / hau)

Roger Federer

As a professional tennis player, Roger Federer is a real exceptional talent. So far, he has been number one in the world rankings six times and has been voted World Sportsman of the Year five times. A look back at a fabulous career.

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