BASEL: Roger Federer, the Swiss great, says he has had no setbacks and is recovering well from his last knee surgery.
Federer, who withdrew from the US Open, announced in August that he would be away for several months due to the need for additional knee surgery before resuming his career.
In 2020, the 40-year-old underwent two surgeries, requiring more than a year of recovery before returning to action in March.
He last competed in July at Wimbledon, where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals, halting his bid for a record-tying ninth title at the All England Club.
“I’m feeling really good,” Federer told Eurosport. “Things aren’t going as smoothly as I had wanted, but I’m recuperating well and the rehab is going really well.”
“I haven’t suffered any setbacks.” I’m in good shape and looking forward to what is ahead. I wish I could get back on the tennis court as soon as possible, but I must wait. Right now, is a slow time. And I had to do it one step at a time. So far, everything has gone well. I’m overjoyed.”
Federer, who has shared the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam championships with Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, feels that a calendar-year Grand Slam is still conceivable for a male player, despite Djokovic’s close call at the US Open final.
Top-ranked Djokovic was attempting to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slam championships, but he was defeated in straight sets by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in New York.
“I believe it is possible that it will happen again,” Federer remarked. “With Novak, myself, and Rafa, we’ve seen how close we’ve come. “However, I believe you will require some luck. Perseverance and strength are required, which is why I believe it will be difficult. However, it is possible.”