Roger Federer's 2020 ended early due to a severe operation on his right knee last June. It will not be the first time that the Swiss champion will remain in the pits for several months and the previous one bodes well for all his fans.
Impossible to forget his incredible comeback in 2017, when he won his 18th Grand Slam in an epic final against Rafael Nadal in Australia. That was just the first of many trophies Federer raised to the skies over the course of the season.
In addition to the Australian Open, the current number four in the ATP ranking managed to win Wimbledon, the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai, and the tournaments in Halle and Basel. At 39 it will certainly not be easy to return to the field and replicate that fantastic 2017, but when it comes to Roger Federer it is impossible to set limits, as history has taught.
Roger Federer talks about his current physical condition
The Swiss has missed two Grand Slam tournaments this season, namely the US Open and Roland Garros, but is looking forward to returning to compete against the strongest tennis players in the world to prove his worth.
Federer's goal is to arrive in the best possible conditions at the next edition of the Australian Open, a tournament in which this year he reached the semifinals and lost only to what would later become the future winner: Novak Djokovic.
New important updates on the rehabilitation and preparation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion, came from the person concerned. Federer has indeed released some statements during his annual visit to the Jura company headquarters.
"I can't train 100% yet," said Roger Federer, who then added: "At the moment, I can't train for more than two hours on the court with the racket. But I worked on my stamina and strength without feeling pain.
There will be no further operations." Meanwhile Novak Djokovic's adventure at Roland Garros proceeds at full speed, arriving at the second week of the Parisian Grand Slam with 15 games lost and less than five hours spent on the pitch overall.
After the two walks with Ymer and Berankis, to whom she had left the misery of 5 games each, Nole gives as many to Colombian lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan, collecting the 6-0 6-3 6-2 final in less than two hours of match.
A success that allows Djokovic to overtake Roger Federer in matches won in Paris: they are 71 for the Serbian, second in this special ranking behind the unattainable Rafael Nadal (at 96). For Nole, however, this is the 11th consecutive eighth final at the Bois de Boulogne, a record in the Open Era shared, for a change, with Rafa and Roger.