Roger Federer has never seriously considered retiring while away from tennis for more than a year, however, struggling to cope with the need for repeat surgery on his poor right knee will be

“I was down. Obviously I couldn’t believe I had to do a second one,” said Federer on the Sunday before his performance at the Qatar Open. “This is definitely a moment when you might be asking a little more questions”

The 39-year-old Federer’s first game since the Australian Open 2020 will take place on Wednesday in Doha against Dan Evans or Jeremy Chardy

Federer’s first surgery on his right knee took place in February 2020. The knee continued to swell after cycling or walking with his four children He announced in June that he had a second operation

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will monitor how this comeback goes over the next few months and then evaluate things

“I know that for an almost 40-year-old it is rather rare to come back after almost a year of absence. And I was surprised how long it took. But I decided pretty early with the team that I made the time wanted to take without hurry to go back on tour, “he said

“The important thing is that I am injury-free and pain-free and that I can actually enjoy myself on tour. So we’ll see how it goes now. I’m curious to find out”

What was clear from Federer’s meeting with reporters on Sunday: Wimbledon is most important to him at this point

He won a men’s record of eight titles at the All England Club and came close to ninth there in the 2019 final He held two championship points and finally lost to Novak Djokovic in a tiebreaker in the fifth set

Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since 1945 due to the coronavirus pandemic last year

“I know I’ll have to get back to training after here,” said Federer, who retired from the Miami Open later this month. “From that point of view, it’s still a build-up, stronger, better, fitter to be faster and all that stuff So I hope at Wimbledon I will be 100%, and from then on the season really starts for me. Everything until then is just ‘Let’s see how it goes’ ”

He is curious what travel and tournament life will look like during a pandemic – “bubble life, quarantines, the entire mask situation” – and above all, how his repaired knee will deal with the competition

“That’s really the only worry I have: Will the knee hold up? I’m not sure until now,” said Federer, “I’ve done everything I could”

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