Roger Federer will no longer take to the court in 2020, having decided to undergo a new knee surgery that will take some time to allow him to return to 100% fit. The Swiss champion will try to repeat the undertaking made in 2017, when he was able to win the Australian Open after remaining for six months away from the circuit.
Although the most recognized and popular tennis player in the world, Roger’s four children cannot yet fully understand his greatness. His two daughters are now aware that their father is a tennis player, but still do not perceive his immense caliber.
The 38-year-old from Basel doesn’t seem to mind too much.
Federer on his kids
“One of my boys said like that he was watching me play at the Hopman Cup and he was like oh I can do what papa can do I can play tennis too.
They’re funny” – Roger Federer said in a recent interview. “The girls, I think they know I’m a professional tennis player. But they know there’s many of us. Absolutely, I make sure they know how incredibly all the other players are but I don’t really talk about rankings.
They sometimes have asked me what’s your ranking, last year it was 17, this year it’s 2. And Rafa’s the best so I shouldn’t be able to beat him because he’s number one. So, I don’t know, I don’t wanna educate them on everything.
They know, I sometimes win. Winning or losing for them shouldn’t matter because my attitude should always be the same” – the former World number 1 added. 2021 could really represent the last year for Federer, which will have the ninth title at Wimbledon and the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics as targets (one of the few awards still missing from his wall).
His compatriot Marc Rosset has warned fans and professionals, asking them not to give up on a sample that too many times has already denied everyone. The Swiss player could also be subject to Rafael Nadal’s attack at his 20 Grand Slam titles.
Thanks to the combination of his knee surgery and the global pandemic, 2020 will mark the first time in 20 years that Federer will not have progressed to an ATP Final. Federer holds the record for the most consecutive years reaching an ATP final, having made one every year since 1999 – beating Jimmy Connors’ record of 19 consecutive appearances.