The double surgery on his right knee and the subsequent relapse forced Roger Federer to stay away from the fields for over a year. The Swiss phenomenon, who played only one official tournament in all of 2020, returned to action only a few weeks ago in Doha reaching the quarter-finals.
The 39-year-old from Basel has his mind already focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which will be staged this summer after the postponement caused by the global pandemic. The former world number 1 will play a few tournaments on clay to get back at the right pace, having opted for an additional training block in order to fill his gaps in terms of physical strength.
The long hiatus also allowed King Roger to spend a lot of time with his family and friends, as well as being devoted to housework. In a recent interview granted to Numero, the 20-time Grand Slam champion illustrated in detail the activities he dedicated himself to during his rehabilitation.
"I didn't binge on TV series and movies too much," confided Federer. "I was busy becoming the handyman of the family, at least during this time. When I play tennis on the circuit, I make the important decisions, but there are other people who manage the daily chores for me.
I was really happy to be able to manage the various situations with my wife, I thought about my children, the garden, the house," he added.
Roger Federer: "My life? Is it conditioned by the results I get"
The eight-time Wimbledon champion was kept up to date by talking to the other tennis players: "I attended some video conferences with the ATP and I dealt mainly with Rafael Nadal.
In my normal life, it all depends on the results I get on the pitch. Often I am forced to go out at the last minute, to take out my things and then put them back in their place quickly. During this break, I had time to do whatever I wanted," Meanwhile, the conference has arrived that Roger will participate in the Halle tournament.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion will not be at the Miami Open this week, adding a further absence to the already battered draw of the first 1000 of the season. The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serb, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 Slam finals.
We have to recall that this hegemony lasting since the Swiss reached Wimbledon final in 2003. Almost 18 years of practically indisputable dominance have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed.
With Djokovic's victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic). Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open.