One of Swiss Roger Federer’s biggest fears during his professional career It was to consider a forced withdrawal in 2016 due to a knee injury, a confession he made to the Brazilian Gustavo ‘Guga’ Kuerten, who was number one in the ATP.
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Federer, the world’s most successful tennis player, discussed his fears and expectations with Guga after agreeing to participate in a charity campaign promoted by the Brazilian tennis player for those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the South American country.
In a chat via video call, disclosed by Globoesporte, the Swiss confessed to Guga that he came to think that the injury he suffered in one knee four years ago and that separated him from the courts five weeks could take him away from tennis as a professional, but he pointed out who never lost hope.
“I had the injury in 2016 and it was a very difficult year. I had thoughts, of course. Could this be the end? or not?. But I really felt that this surgery was not going to end my career. I thought I would have a second chance. And I had it. That was a big surprise for me. I was able to return in 2017 very strong, not only at the Australian Open, but throughout the year, “said Federer.
That year he won the Australian Grand Slam and Wimbledon titles, paving the way to return to the top of the world ranking in 2018.
Federer, who faced Kuerten three times, with a balance of 2-1 in favor of the Brazilian, also revealed in the talk he had with Guga the discomfort he would feel if he had to compete on a court without an audience, if the coronavirus pandemic so demand.
“It would be very difficult for me to play major tournaments behind closed doors,” said the Swiss.
“Competing is very different. It is clear that the possibility is feasible, but I think we could wait for the appropriate moment to return in the best conditions, with at least a third of the stadium full or half inning,” he said.
Federer, who has spent the last weeks at home with his family on COVID-19, confessed to the Brazilian tennis player that he has not trained because he did not consider it necessary, since, according to him, it will be a long time before they return. competitions.
“It is important for me to take a good rest now. I do not miss tennis as much, although when we are close to returning and I have a goal to train, I will be supermotivated, “he said.
The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the Wimbledon tournament and the Tokyo Olympics, which were the main objectives of the Swiss this year.