Dubai: A second knee surgery in less than four months, and Roger Federer — considered by many as one of the finest gifts to tennis — is hopeful of making yet another memorable return.
The 20-time champion, who is realistically within overtaking distance for the number of Slams won, by close friend Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, went on to assure that he will return to his “highest level” following a second surgery on the same right knee.
Federer has always been a huge crowd-puller anywhere he’s played. In addition, his suave ways on and off the court find in him a near-perfect ambassador of tennis, and sport at large. His first Grand Slam came way back in 2003, and yet he has managed to stay relevant and competitive at the same time.
But Federer will be turning 40 in 2021. And yet, what exactly could keep the Swiss maestro going when he ultimately makes his comeback as promised?
Next year’s postponed 2020 Tokyo Games will almost certainly be Federer’s last opportunity and lay to rest a truly ‘golden’ career. The closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020 on August 8 falls brilliantly on the very day Federer turns 40. A good signing-off omen for a brilliant career, perhaps?