Roger Federer has opened up on the condition of his knee which required two operations last year. Federer went under the knife soon after the 2020 Australian Open, initially ruling him out until the summer.
But a setback in his rehabilitation led to a second operation, which would force him to miss the remainder of the 2020 season.
There was initially some hope that he would make his comeback at this year’s Australian Open, but that was ruled out in December with Federer not feeling ready to compete in five-set matches.
Instead, the Qatar Open was pencilled in as his official return to the tour, where he defeated Dan Evans in the first round.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out in the following round though to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
That was back in March and Federer has since opted against playing in any other tournaments to concentrate more on his fitness ahead of a busy summer.
Wimbledon remains his biggest goal, but Federer is warming up for the French Open with a warm-up event in Geneva on the claycourts.
And Federer is confident that he’s recovered fully from his double knee operation last year to compete against the best.
“It’s an interesting year,” he told Uniqlo.