He’s in trouble. On Sunday, Roger Federer turns 40 and He is immersed in a serious problem due to the injury that he has dragged from last year to his right knee, which puts his great career in check, since it does not allow him to plan a clear calendar and play the tournaments he wants the most.
That physical ailment has the Basel genius on the ropes. And another clear sample is that this Thursday he got off the Toronto and Cinncinnati Masters 1000, so he hasn’t played a tournament of that level for 22 months.
Look back to Shanghai 2019 for Federer’s latest performance in an M1000, the championship category that follows the Grand Slam. And it’s all due to that injury, which was initially believed to be easy to cope with, but it did undergo surgery twice in 2020 and continues to seriously complicate it.
Because of his natural game, unlike so many colleagues who are injured by a very physical and exhausting proposition, Federer had hardly suffered any problems with his body. Nor had he been unlucky with a setback in the middle of the game. He suffered the first major break in 2016, when he missed the second half of the season.
That time, the Swiss injured his left knee, when he had a torn meniscus, as a result of the problem suffered while bathing his children. So it was, a family setback, which sidelined him from the circuit for six months, but he came back in full swing winning the 2017 Australian Open, snapping a four-and-a-half-year streak without a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012.
There he raised to full capacity and a year later, in Australia 2018, he reached the top mark of 20 Grand Slam, now equaled by the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Serbian Novak Djokovic. He continued to play full house, until one knee, in this case the right, took him out of the official competition in 2020, unable to return after returning from the tour in the post-pandemic and only returning in March 2021.
A meniscus problem in the right knee then has Federer’s career in check, who wanted to play this year without problems. He repeated after Wimbledon that his intention is to continue playing, but he cannot overcome this obstacle, and there is no official word on the seriousness of his ailment. He was barely able to participate in 2021 in five tournaments, in Doha, Geneva, Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon, being a quarter-finalist in London.
But he missed the Tokyo Olympics and is now left without the two Masters 1000 leading up to the US Open, the last Major of the year. Undoubtedly, he does not find peace with his physique and that has him worried, as well as his millions of fans.