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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