Roger Federer reported that the right knee will be operated for the third time and his medical history is enlarged. Mononucleosis, the back and the menisci, his other great obstacles in more than 20 years of career.
The Swiss, who only played five tournaments in 2020, still cannot recover 100%. In the last six years he has suffered a lot of injuries, as opposed to so many years of full activity on the ATP circuit.
The first major health setback for His Majesty came in 2008, almost five years after having achieved his first Grand Slam: At that time he suffered from mononucleosis that decreased it for 6 weeks. He was able to play some tournaments without even knowing what he was suffering from.
Although he was not inactive for too long, between 2013 and 2014 the karma was his back. In the first of those years he could only win one title (in Halle) and dragged that malaise until the end of 2014, when he even played the Davis Cup final (against France) in pain.
The first operation that really kept him on the sidelines took place in 2016, it came twice and on his left knee. After the Australian Open, he underwent surgery in the meniscus area after hitting himself while bathing his children. He dismissed part of the brick dust tour and suffered after a couple of knockdowns on the turf tour. The most famous, against Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. Five months of inactivity for the Swiss, who completed four years without Grand Slams.
But the worst was saved for last: the right knee. He kept him out for much of 2020 and will now spend “several months out,” with crutches included, including inactivity up to. It will be the third in the area in the last 20 months. With just turned 40 and after an ugly farewell to Wimbledon losing 6-0 in the third set against Hurkacz, Federer will try to defy science and spend his final years in good health. One more chance will be given.