The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer played only 13 matches in the last two seasons, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing three surgeries. Despite a couple of setbacks, Roger is still eager to make a return in 2022 and end his glorious career on his terms, as every champion deserves.
Speaking about the ending of his career, Federer said that there’s no such a thing as perfect retirement, although he believes he would know when that moment comes. Traveling with his wife and kids for over ten years, Roger is ready for a more relaxed chapter of his life, looking forward to enjoying himself with his family and friends.
The Swiss had reached the Australian Open semi-final in January 2020 before experiencing a knee injury that required surgeries in February and May. Roger stayed away from the court for 13 months, starting training again last October and returning to action this March in Doha.
Federer beat Daniel Evans for a winning return, prevailing in three sets before losing in the quarter-final to Nikoloz Basilashvili after squandering a match point. Roger took another break and played again in Geneva and Paris on clay, earning three Roland Garros wins and withdrawing ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve energy for his beloved grass swing.
The Swiss experienced the earliest Halle exit against Felix Auger-Aliassime and went to Wimbledon for his 22nd All England Club campaign. Stopping the time, Federer beat four rivals and became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, facing Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semis.
Roger Federer shared thoughts about his retirement.
Losing steam, Roger won only nine games in a tough 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 defeat, experiencing his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final! Skipping the Olympic Games, Toronto and Cincinnati, Federer decided to undergo the third surgery due to ongoing knee pain that has ruined his past two seasons.
The Swiss is yet to reveal return plans or specific dates, although he wishes to play at his best in the upcoming season. “For me, a perfect retirement does not exist! Of course, I wish to choose the moment of my retirement, and I’m convinced I will know when the time is right.
I’m not afraid of life after tennis; it will be quite a transition towards a more relaxed life. Mirka and I have always found a perfect balance between tennis, family and friends. That is what gives me the most pride of my entire career because those are the most important things in life,” Roger Federer said.