Roger Federer Reveals He Didn’t Miss Tennis While He Was Recovering From Knee Surgery
by Tom Gainey | April 13th, 2016, 9:48 am

Following a win in his first match since the Australian Open, Roger Federer was asked yesterday in Monte Carlo if he missed the sport he loves so much while he was mending his knee the last 2.5 months. And he gave a surprising answer.

“Honestly, I didn’t miss it too much,” the 34-year-old said of his longest break from tennis due to injury. “I was really happy being home. I was really happy doing the rehab. I just enjoyed the process of getting better every day. I really thought it was something very different that I’ve never really had to experience to this extent in my career.

“I was pretty healthy going into the surgery, because I just came off playing best-of-five set matches. Plus I had December where I worked out really hard. I think that’s also why I was able to bounce back as quick as I did. I’m really happy with how I coped with the injury and the rehabbing.”

Federer also admitted his knee is the same as it was pre-surgery.

“I’m at the point where the knee’s solid, and it’s fine,” Federer said. “The knee does feel different after the operation. It just does feel like a different knee. I guess I also got to get used to that.

“It’s not painful or anything. It just feels different because I’ve had a different knee for 34 years. So that’s why it’s a different feel, but not in a bad way.”

Federer said after a positive start, who knows how his knee will react after a few more matches, but the Swiss isn’t worried.

“Maybe I will need to see how my knee will be after three matches in a row,” he added. “But I’m not afraid because I didn’t go too hard during the practice, the fitness sessions. So I’ve been working with my physio. In rehabilitation they told me, Now you’re cured, you don’t need to be afraid anymore.

“If I’m still afraid, it’s only in my mind. I’m creating this. I have no pain. I can go for it. I’m totally reassured.”

Federer resumes tomorrow against Roberto Bautista Agut. Federer is a 4-time finalist at the event which is one of two Masters tournaments he has never won (Rome).

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14 Comments for Roger Federer Reveals He Didn’t Miss Tennis While He Was Recovering From Knee Surgery

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed is not big on broadcasting any weaknesses. We’ll see for ourselves how that knee is.

Daniel Says:

Important for him is win fast and in two, save three setter for later roinds of he goes that deep.

On paper he should beat Agut in straights and Gasquet or Tsonga as well. Tosnga plays similar to Fed going for his shots and don’t want too mant long rallies, specially on serve, so even if that match goes to three it’s not going to be too much phisically demanding. Gasquet can grind so I kind of
Prefere to Tosnga to prevail now.

With his draw now that Djoko is out, he could very well reach finals “rested”. Next round will show us more. But I want him to get as many matches as possible and not force himself too much. Pace himself and see if an open happens to him
And if he can go all out. maybe this could be his last shot at MC. One hurdle down, 1 more to go😜

SG1 Says:

Wonder if the comment about not missing tennis is Fed dropping a bit of hint that his tennis career on the ATP tour will shortly end. I wonder if he’ll leave cold turkey like Sampras did or will he do “farewell tour” kind of thing. I tend to think the latter. Then again, he may be planning to play a few more years.

As for the knee feeling different and that not being a bad thing…well that seems like a bit of bogus. The need for knee surgery, no matter how minor, isn’t a good thing and definitely not for a tennis player.

skeezer Says:

It’s fortunate for him win or lose this tourney that he made his comeback from this injury on a soft surface. Should bode well for him in recovery from it all.

RZ Says:

@SG1 – I was wondering that too. One of the keys to Fed’s longevity has been his love of playing and being on tour, so this is a different mindset for him. However, a few years ago he had said that he’d like to play through the Rio Olympics (hinting about retirement after it) but with his recent good play that thought might have been set aside. But I can’t imagine Fed just retiring (unless he gets badly injured) without a farewell tour.

J-Kath Says:


Think the difficulty with Federer retiring is when to know that he will perform really well during a farewell tour. He will want – and I don’t blame him – people to say afterwards “He was still so good, why did he retire”?

RZ Says:

J-Kath – I could see that. More reason to expect it to come sooner than later.

J-Kath Says:


If he doesn’t win Wimbledon or Gold at Rio…it will follow – my guess. If he still qualifies for O2…that will be his swansong….(PS: He hasn’t confided in me…why not I wonder? but would seem fitting and I too would applaud his long, successful career)…Would Be Really Fitting, I think.

tennisfanQC Says:

I remember reading that Fed committed to Stuttgart 2017 so there’s no need to worry about retirement yet for 2016.

Green Lady Says:

Im not bying it, the man eats, sleeps, breaths tennis, anyway the fans have certainly missed him ….

J-Kath Says:


You don’t think he’ll quit at the end of this year?

Green Lady Says:

J-Kath nah, he loves the game so much, just cant see him quitting any time soon, but then again who knows ? ….

Giles Says:

Nah fed wont retire for a few years yet. He has long term sponsorship contracts and that means big $$$$$$. He’ll. E around for a good few years yet IMO.
Better for the sport if he stays.

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