Roger Federer Talks About His Left Knee Injury, Cautions His Expectations Are Low This Week
by Tom Gainey | March 24th, 2016, 3:20 pm
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After a shock announcement last month that he had underwent knee surgery, Roger Federer met the press in Miami today and explained what led to the injury.

“It happened the day after the Djokovic match,” Federer said. “I woke up, I don’t know exactly remember what happened, I think I was going to run a bath for the girls. I made a very simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. Went to the zoo. My leg was swollen.

“Came back and had an MRI done in Switzerland. Saw a doctor right after the MRI. He said I had to have surgery on Tuesday. I did that in Switzerland.

“Here I am seven weeks and two days later. I’m very happy how it went, but clearly that was very sad when I did get the news I did have to have an operation because I thought I was going to get through my career without any. It was a big shock and, yeah, disappointing when I got the news.”

Federer said because he was in such great shape at the time on the injury, his was able to recover much quicker. And he added it was a good thing he didn’t hurt it on the tennis court.

“I remember I turned, I felt my knee was funny, I turned back,” he said. “That’s when I heard a click. I did feel that something was strange in my knee. Very simple movement, probably a movement I’ve done a million times in my life for sure. So I’m happy it didn’t happen on a tennis court. I’m happy it didn’t happen in a moment where I could maybe strain it more. It was very simple. All I did after that was walking.

“Maybe that’s why I’m also here seven weeks later. I came into the surgery totally fit because I just came off a great training block in tennis, a lot of tennis in Jan. My body was really in good shape. It would have been tough to recover if I had been on vacation for two weeks and then injury struck.

“This way, it was a faster recovery because of it.”

He also revelead he spent 12 days on crutches.

“So I was on crutches for 12 days, maybe. Full training, no restrictions whatsoever, probably a week ago, nine days ago. Just managing, as well, progress, not wanting to overdo it, but also pushing it so I knew I could play three-hour matches and all that.

Federer won’t have much time to work himself into top form. Tomorrow afternoon, he’ll face maybe the toughest second round draw in former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

“If I feel something tomorrow, I won’t play,” he said. “It’s very simple. Expectations are really low, which is nice for a change. Just see where I am, go out there. Once you’re out there, you want to win, it’s clear. I’m a competitor. I’m just really pleased I’m back. I didn’t expect myself to be back here so soon after surgery.”

Both Federer and del Potro are returning from injuries.

“It’s nice to see him back,” Federer said of the Argentine. “I haven’t seen him play at all since he’s been back, so I’m not quite sure what to expect, even though my coach went to see his match yesterday.

“His injury was much, much greater. That’s why I’m really pleased for him that he was able to find a way back onto the tour.”


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66 Comments for Roger Federer Talks About His Left Knee Injury, Cautions His Expectations Are Low This Week

madmax Says:

So pleased that Fed is back.

Can’t wait to see him play again.

Del potro too! What a tough competitor…but no expectations…or perhaps some?


chrisford1 Says:

Hmm – Seems I remember that Roger put out a press release when he notified he was injured, saying he was injured “walking with his girls in a park in Switzerland”. Now it is he twisted it drawing a bath and knew immediately because he had a “click” in his knee.
Now the discrepency is a total nitpick trivial no nevermind kind of thing, but the tennis media I am sure would have run it a totally different way had it been another player not given slobbering love.

Mystery deepens on __________’s supposed injury. First story admittedly was false, as _________revealed in an interview today. Is this latest tale of woe also a deceit? Why were reporters misled? Does this involve a drug testing problem?? Serena/Dokovic had no further comment when asked…


AndyMira Says:

Welcome back Rog..to think back..rafa also has had similar, very simple strange/weird injury before the AO 2012..i guess at one point,after been abused for a long time,our body tend to snap even to the simplest of movement..it’s a warning i think..and good luck Rog..


Humble Rafa Says:

Low expectation means final, correct?


Dave Says:

Reading what Federer has said and really thinking about it, I feel that Roger won’t make the final. He seems scared and doesn’t fully trust his knee yet. And this will be his first competitive match in 2 months. He isn’t going to take any unnecessary risks just to win a match, but get injured again. Even if you want to be as competitive, you can’t be when you feel this way. This will take time. This interview has given more insight into Federer’s current situation. We will know more as the tournament progresses. If he wins the first match, it will be a big confidence booster for sure. He just wants to get matches in and feel more confident about his knee and trust that he can do anything he wants on a tennis court and still won’t get injured.


MMT Says:

Dave: There’s a good chance that Federer wouldn’t have made the final there even if he were 100% fit and in form – he hasn’t made a final there since 2006.

But I agree that I would be very surprised if he progressed very far in this tournament – two months is a long time for a professional player not to play at full on match.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1 @ 6:05pm

You are up to something, particularly with this detailed explanation of him, how he got “injured”…yes, “injured”;) usually he keeps his cards close to his chest, no much infotmation you can get from him, this time around he felt ta need to go into a details..hmm..


Humble Rafa Says:

Dave: There’s a good chance that Federer wouldn’t have made the final there even if he were 100% fit and in form – he hasn’t made a final there since 2006.

Dear confused poster,

These type of “facts” don’t exist in the reality distortion field that these forum members live in.


jane Says:

i think it’s a good idea for fed to temper expectations, given the circumstances.


Travis Bickle Says:

Was he injured while walking with his daughters in a park like he said earlier, or while preparing to run a bath for girls like he says now? Or was there injury at all?

The guy has always been a douchebag, but looks like now he is a full blown liar.

I remember last year when asked about the RG final he said he did not watch it. Then someone took a photo of him watching it on an Ipad while attending a soccer game,

Great tennis player – shitty human being…


Ronn Says:

I agree with you, Travis. One of the best tennis players ever for sure, but not so nice away from the camera and sometimes not so nice on it either…


Dave Says:

Travis. One thing is for sure, I know he is trying to break Jimmy Connors all-time wins record. Unless injuries stop him, he will keep playing until he breaks the record. I have always thought this, even if he doesn’t say much about it.


skeezer Says:

TB & Ronn,
You two should get a douchebag room together.
News reports reported Fed(never got a direct quote from Fed) had injured it walking in a park, not Fed. Where did you get his direct quote on that? Try read what came out of his direct mouth on the incident instead of reading what you want to believe.

@WB He needed to go into details because the report of the incident was wrong to begin with. Geez!


Giles Says:

Why 2 different stories from fed on his knee injury? What is he hiding? Maybe Mirka gave him a good kicking? Will we ever know?
Hey skeezer, help us out here pls as you seem to know more about fed than anyone.


skeezer Says:

Giles,
The original story was reported……with no quotes from Fed himself….by a swiss paper Le Matin. When Fed gives his first interview since the injury ( Miami ) he describes in detail what happened. One is from a 3rd party report, the other is the direct truth. End of story.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/basiagortych/status/713397491736190981
According to this, fed is sick, might not play.


Dennis Says:

Bickle and Ronn: Funny how you both claim to have some inside scoop on Fed being a terrible person away from the court and cameras, when in fact all who have known and dealt with him both personally and professionally over the years (including his peers in the locker room) report the exact opposite regarding their interactions with him on and off the court, whether cameras are around or not. Easy to hate from afar, I guess, and to project your own hatreds and resentments onto others (with a screen name like Travis Bickle, it’s no wonder).


Dave Says:

It’s really hard to tell what Roger says and means at times. I have always found it to be a mystery. Even the story itself was pretty vague. I asked a player about why Federer can say anything and get away with it, but if even Rafa or Novak say something they get ripped. The player told me because there is a team around Federer protecting him. It seems even the ATP protects him, because as the player said, Federer has by far the most fans in the world. So he is always protected, not just by his team. Also, the media. It’s very similar to Peyton Manning being protected all the time, because he is the most loved QB and Brady being hated all the time by the media and others. There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that goes on that we don’t see. I’m not knocking Federer, It’s just funny how people are so blind to his imperfections, just like any other human being has.


Dave Says:

Dennis,

I just talked with a player face to face for a while when I was at a tournament and he said he never felt close to Federer. I said did it feel like you were walking on egg shells whenever you talked to him? kind of uncomfortable like you couldn’t be yourself? he said yes. The player also said that Federer never went in the locker room with the other players as well. I had a first hand experience with a player that has been on the ATP tour for a long time and is a former top 30 player. That carries a lot of weight compared to what you hear from other sources.


Dave Says:

I don’t judge Federer in any way, nor do I have anything against him. But the truth is, he is not even close to perfect. I would be the first to admit when Nole or Nadal do or say something that isn’t perfect either. We all say stuff. But some Fed supporters will go to the extreme to protect every single thing he does or says. It gets to be a bit much after so many years of seeing it and hearing about it.


Dave Says:

Also, Dennis. Do you think Skeezer has the inside scoop on Federer either? Look at it both ways.


Dennis Says:

Well, Dave, I guess your interaction with one unnamed player outweighs all the accumulated quotes, stories, anecdotes, etc., reported in countless biographies, articles, and books like “Facing Federer” (the latter of which which was nothing but quotes and anecdotes from fellow players about what Federer is like not only to face on court, but also how he is in the locker room, on the ATP player council, dealing with fans, media, etc.). People who’ve worked with him off court on his foundation, sponsors, etc. report much the same.

I’m sure Fed has his foibles and is no saint – no one ever claimed he was – but that’s a far cry from being the “shitty human being” Travis Bickle claims above (speaking of shitty humans, that poster’s namesake takes the cake).


Dave Says:

I stayed in the hotel with a lot of players for the whole week in Acapulco. You eat breakfast right beside them everyday and dinner as well. Nishikori seems like a really humble guy on t.v. In person he is literally the least personable person that I have ever met in my life. He does not enjoy dealing with fans at all. He is painfully awkward to talk with if you are not another tennis player. Dominic Thiem was one of the nicest people I have met. He was very personable. Marin Cilic is also very nice in person. Bedene was really nice as well to talk with. You find these things out when you have first hand experiences with them.


skeezer Says:

Dave,
I don’t. It just takes some research through news articles/quotes out there to find this out. No brainer.
By the way Dave, who says Fed is PERFECT? Not this fan. When posters talk like this it alway cracks me up, its usually the very few Fed haters that bring it up. They claim that Fed fans think is is a God and perfect. No way jose. He just a tennis player.
BY the way Dave, you have posted more than one occasion where you claim to have “talked” to players. want to share your ability to do that? I have read many other interactions with Fed from players in and out of the locker room and your version is far from it.


Dennis Says:

I’m not sure what you mean by saying Fed “never went in the locker room with other players”. Again, the idea that he avoids the locker room or has a special personal room set aside for his use, just doesn’t mesh with anything I’ve ever seen or read about him.

One example: The leaked locker room video of him and Dimitrov and others hanging out watching a woman’s match just prior to going on court to play each other (all of them cheering, goofing off, etc), would seem to belie the notion that he doesn’t interact with other players, use the same locker room, or that he generally makes other players feel uncomfortable around him.


Dave Says:

Dennis,

I’m not in agreement with Travis either. I just want to see things how they are realistically and not biased one way or another. If I don’t agree with something Federer says, I will say it straight up. If I do, I will say it straight up. If I don’t think he is the most open and real person, I will say it straight up. And I don’t feel that he is the most open, down to earth person that people say that he is. He used to be my favorite player for many years. I have watched many of his matches and watched the interviews as well. I don’t feel that he is as down to earth as the media portrays him to be. I am entitled to my opinion and that is how I truly feel.


Dave Says:

Dennis,

Maybe he shares the locker room sometimes. Maybe he doesn’t for some of the tournaments. It’s just what the player told me. To the player, he didn’t know why he didn’t share the locker room with players, he just maybe thought it was strange. I’m not sure. It’s just what he told me.


skeezer Says:

Dave,
I respect your opinion about Fed, not a problem. But let me ask you this, who is the most “real and honest person” and the “most open and and down to earth person” among the top players in the game today?


Dave Says:

In my opinion the 3 most humble players on the tour are Del potro, Ferrer and Thiem. And Nadal says how he feels straight up. He even admitted that he didn’t like playing Nole because of the match up issues he was having. Nole is very open. That’s pretty obvious. He has even been open to a fault, especially when he was younger, saying some not so great things at times. But at least he said exactly how he felt. As Becker said before: I don’t think you get the straight up goods with how Federer is feeling with some of his comments over the years.


Dave Says:

I agree that it’s good to be tactful with what you say. So I can’t fault Federer on that part of it, which Nole has learned to be. But I still think Federer doesn’t really say how he truly feels about many things, or he is in denial.


Van Persie Says:

Federer just retired?


Dave Says:

Also, the player I talked with said that Murray is one of the nicest guys off the court. He is not like he is at all on the court, off the court.


RZ Says:

@Van Persie – props to you for the breaking news! I just looked it up on Twitter and it says that Fed retired with gastroenteritis/flu. (My guess is that he read a lot of recent threads on Tennis-X and it upset his stomach). :-)


jalep Says:

😊 RZ


Dave Says:

Wow. That is surprising. I just looked it up as well.


Van Persie Says:

Lol RZ
Did not know Fed is so delicate ;)

Tbh I wanted to see that match


Dave Says:

Forgive me for my ignorance, but why doesn’t Juan Martin get a walk over? But Berdych does? Is it becuase he is ranked so low?


Van Persie Says:

Well, Congrats Delpo ;)


Van Persie Says:

Dave, RZ explained you aleady.
Fed will perhaps sue some TX posters :)


Van Persie Says:

PS for Dave,

Am very impressed by Fritz


Dave Says:

I don’t see the comment where RZ explained why Delpo wasn’t getting a walkover. Maybe I am blind.


Van Persie Says:

It was a joke, Dave…the stomach thing


Dave Says:

But why doesn’t Delpo get a walkover? but Berdych gets a walkover and doesn’t have to play a lucky loser? Is it the ranking difference?


Purcell Says:

Very, very disappointed that Roger is out with gastroenteritis. Was looking forward to seeing him and Delpo. However, the latter will be playing a lucky loser apparently. But when?Expecting some silly comments from Travis…sorry Dirty Grandpa and Dave(I’m not knocking Federer despite twelve posts to the contrary.)
Goffin on court 5. Good. Switching now.


Van Persie Says:

Coz Fed never retires


RZ Says:

I don’t know the answer to the walkover question. Maybe it has to do with timing? Perhaps Fed gave enough notice to be replaced in the draw, but Ram did not.


Van Persie Says:

2:12 was for Dave


RZ Says:

Something else that might might explain the replacement/walkover issue – Fed hadn’t played a match yet (due to getting a bye); Ram had already played a match to make the second round. So Ram couldn’t be replaced; Fed still could.


Van Persie Says:

RZ, that could be the reason


Dennis Says:

I guess since Ram had already played a First Round match, they can’t insert a lucky loser (what would they do? Let the guy he beat in the First Round go on to play the Second Round now?). Since Fed had a bye in the First Round, and this would have been his first match of the tournament, they are allowed to insert a lucky loser to start his place.


Dave Says:

Thanks for the post Van Persie. RZ, that does make sense. I think that might be the answer.


Okiegal Says:

I had the same thing happen to my knee Christmas 2014. I was sitting in a chair and attempted to shift my body to the left. My left foot shifted to the left but my right foot stayed planted but my right knee moved slightly. No pop but a very slight twinge in it….a sting of sort. Walked fine that evening but a day later different story…..I wasn’t walking very well. We all know on here that I am not a Fed fan but give me a break…….what is wrong with his story??? This is all so wrong and judgmental of him…….
He ran the bath water, probably had a weird movement, heard a pop, went walking in the park and his knee started to swell……sounds reasonable to me….just saying…….Why are a few posters making a federal case out of it?????


Okiegal Says:

@Dave….we agree on one thing…..I made a comment the other day that I feel like Fed is chasing Connors too….

It takes me so long to post my comment and I just now read above that roger retired….I knew he was pushing it a bit…….7 weeks not enough time imo…..

I will now finish reading the entire thread…so behind…..


Okiegal Says:

OOPS……a stomach bug along with two other players. There is a bad virus going around in my town right now……great grand son has been sick all week with it. I still think Roger’s knee isn’t up to par either……practicing a lot on it will tell the tale…….


J-Kath Says:

I just switched on. Previously,when I last logged on Federer was “excited”…

couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing/reading. Goodness gracious – don’t know what to believe – except – except that bad luck most often strikes at least twice.

Fed’s not my favourite, but I sincerely hope he’ll be back – without him an element of excitement vanishes. Thinking of you Fed. with lots of sympathy.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal

You must have been a teenage bride – hope the wee fellow recovers soon.


Dave Says:

Skeezer,

I was sitting right beside a player on the plane from Mexico City to Acapulco, on the way to the tournament. We talked the whole flight and I was able to ask any question that I wanted. I talked his ear off. When you stay in the same hotel as all of the players and the courts are right at the hotel that the tournament is located, you see players all day long, everywhere you go. I am glad you are a balanced fan. I definitely wasn’t claiming that you are one the extremist Fed fans. I think you are very insightful when it comes to the game of tennis. I respect you and your comments.


Okiegal Says:

No, J-Kath…..he is a step great grand son. Derek married a girl who had a child. Friends my age all have greats…..I am no spring chicken….70…..married when I had just turned 22…..had my only child 5 yrs later….he chose to have no children. I stay very upset about that, to say the least. I am so mad at him …..I want my own flesh and blood grand children because I always take a back seat to his “real” grand parents. BTW Byron passed away on our 48th anniversary. The little guy is feeling better this afternoon. He wanted to eat junk….that is a good sign of recovery!! LOL Thanks J-K…… Oh, Easton will be 3 in June…..


Dave Says:

So I guess you could say I don’t really have the ability to talk with players so much, I was just fortunate enough to be on a flight and with a seat beside an ATP player. It was a small plane, so the seats were only in 2′s. So it was a great opportunity to talk to a player. We ate at the same restaurants as the players at the hotel, because there were only a few restaurants to choose from. I also was fortunate enough to be at an ATP tournament where the hotel is on the grounds of the tennis courts where all the players would be. I would say it is a fairly unique tournament on the ATP tour in that respect.


Dave Says:

Okiegal,

I would be absolutely shocked if Federer retires before passing Connors record, unless he gets injured. He won’t come out and say it, but it seems pretty obvious to me. Federer does seem to like to keep things mysterious though. He hasn’t come out and said that was a goal. At least from what I know. He hasn’t really been vocal about it.


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..at 4:59 pm..how are you?Not everyone has the ability to speak their mind so freely..rafa and novak always says something what’s on their mind very openly..it’s their personality and i agree with you that Rog is very mysterious..and truth to be told..i kind of agree with his style..nobody needs to know what’s on our mind,what’s our plan or easy said our business altogether..i think this personality blend beautifully with his calm and collected manner..but that’s just my honest opinion..


Purcell Says:

It would have been interesting to see Roger & Delpo play as, over and above their practise, a match may have been given them extra opportunities to test their mutual abilities in the light of their injuries. As it turned out, Zeb played well, capitalising on the Delpo backhand, (bit mean I guess).Would Roger have done the same? Don’t know.
What bothered me was the almost primal howl of frustration Delpo let out. It was good to hear the crowd reciprocate with a supportive howl.


Okiegal Says:

@Dave……Like you said, bar injury, he is going after that record. I know he has never talked about it, which I don’t think he would ever even bring it up anyway. He may not ever win a final again, but he is still perfectly capable of getting there, and who knows then?? I posted their career win/loss record on a thread the other day, and if he could stay healthy and play into his forties, it would be possible for him to achieve……We will see!!


Green Lady Says:

If i had to pick a GOAT, then with the career wins and titles, i would say it was Conners ….


Green Lady Says:

Im of the impression that Delpo is at the make or break stage of his career, hes back on tour playing, and he will either make an impression, and if he doesnt then he will decide enoughs enough, and call it a day next year at some point, im not sure how many injury set backs he can have, and keep on keep on coming back, and be expected to take the tour by storm ? ….

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