The dexterous icon of the tennis fraternity, Roger Federer was presented his 101st career title in the Miami Gardens and this year the Swiss adept has just dropped two matches in total the first one against Stefanos Tsitsipas and the next against Dominic Thiem. Three years ago, Roger’s tennis was experiencing a descending slope and the tennis society started speculating upon his career to sink.
After his triumph underneath the Florida sun, the World Number four, Roger Federer opened up upon his adversities which he underwent to the ATP Tour’s My Story after losing his semifinal match at the Australian Open 2016 to Novak Djokovic.
“It all started good,” said Roger Federer. “Playing the semis at the Australian Open losing to Novak. Hurting my knee, nothing, it was a big deal. After coming back to Switzerland, I realized in the MRI there was a broken meniscus. Understanding, I have to have my first surgery. As a tennis player, I couldn’t believe it. It was actually quite emotional, especially after my surgery.”
“Looking down at my foot. Understanding that this leg or the knee will never be the same. I took it on my chin and said I will start working. Next day, I came back from the hospital, due to some reason my knee was still was not 100% throughout the clay court season. After that, I also got some back issues”.
“I had knee and the back issues, and that’s when I decided to pull out of French Open because I just realized that there is no way I can even win a match there. I was able to keep my back in check. My knee was playing up really funny in Stuttgart, Halle, and Wimbledon. My body and my knee deserve a break”.
“Everybody agreed with me. And that’s when I decided to take some time off. It gave me all the time I needed on the practice courts to work on my game again. When I did come back in 2017, I came back so strong, I couldn’t believe in myself. I actually thought it would take me at least half a season to get into the swing of things”.
“This fairytale ended very nicely by wining the Australian Open in my comeback in a finals against Rafa where I was down 3-1 in the fifth (set). And the rest we know, I go on and turn around and win it. It was may be one of the special moments in my entire tennis career”.
Putting a stop full to all the statements by the tennis experts, Roger Federer proved that community of tennis to be erroneous by defeating Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open 2017 final in a sensational manner and regarding it to be one of the best matches of his career.
Besides the Australian eminence the same year he pulled off his eighth Wimbledon crown by wrapping up straight set victories in all seven matches at the SW19 major. The 20-time Gran Slam champion, Roger Federer was Slam-less for about five years in his career, but however, the Swiss filled up that void by taking three majors over a period of 12 months.