All You Need to Know About Roger Federer’s Latest Knee Injury

Published 08/16/2021, 1:38 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during the break in his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

Swiss maestro Roger Federer needs a third surgery on his right knee after reinjuring himself during the 2021 grass-court season. He had his first arthroscopic surgery after the Australian Open 2020, which had later resulted in complications. Hence, he had to undergo another arthroscopic surgery in June of the same year.

While the 40-year-old has had an unparalleled career, the recent year has taken a toll on his physical health. As a result, he will be “out for many months” and need rehab to return on the Tour again.


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After his first right knee surgery, Federer took almost 13 months to come back. Hence, it is uncertain at this point how many months he will take this time.

Roger Federer’s right knee injury

Before playing the 2020 Australian Open semifinal against Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer had shown signs of struggle. Many even thought he would pull out before the match. However, the Swiss maestro played but lost in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks past Roger Federer of Switzerland during change of ends in their Men’s Singles Semifinal match on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In the days after the match, Federer had announced that he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which is mostly done to repair the joints.

Following that, the Basel-born had suffered a setback during his initial rehabilitation. During the Qatar Open press conference, he revealed that his legs had started to swell while cycling or walking, so he had to do the follow-up surgery to repair the undoing.

Eventually, Federer returned in March 2021 and took every precautionary measure to protect his knee. However, after Wimbledon 2021 exit, he updated that he would need another season to feel better for a medium or long term.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In an Instagram video, Federer said, “I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon.

“That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.”


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Will Roger Federer return?

Despite his age, these surgeries, and everything, Federer is still passionate to return on the Tour. However, he is not blindsided but “realistic” about the challenges lying ahead.


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Not just the tennis society but the entire world would want to see Federer say goodbye on the court. Hopefully, there are a lot more wonders to happen from this racquet before that day.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.