Twenty time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer recalled his time when he couldn’t win a single title for almost 4.5 years, it was dry run for him. But he always keep believing himself, Federer explained that he was in good form at that time and also reached many Grand Slam finals but that was a time of his arch rival Novak Djokovic.
The 20 time Grand Slam winner said that was a difficult time period for him as he first time undergoes through a surgery. But he stayed positive and steered through the tough times.
“When you look back and you look at the 4 and a half or five years that I didn’t win a slam, people almost make it sound like I was playing terrible. I had a tough year in 2013 with a lot of back pain from Indian Wells on throughout the summer,” recalled Federer in a conversation with Gustavo Kuerten.
Roger said, it was always difficult to slide in a special victory and everybody has ups and downs and can’t lose hopes.
“Honestly it was I think the time of Novak and Rafa also was keeping a lock on the French Open as we all know. So it was difficult to slide in a special victory,” he added.
“I think I was able to keep pushing because I believed I was very close and I had a good team and I never lost motivation. And I enjoyed the practice. I was able to keep going and then the injury came 2016 and then that was a tough year for me. And I obviously had thoughts if this is going to be the end or not,” Federer continued.
Roger felt that surgery can’t stop his career and his team’s and he always believes on his game. He said that it was a big surprise for me that he was able to come back strongly not only in 2017 Australian Open but for the entire year and after as well.
“This was a big surprise to me that I was able to come back in 2017 so strong not just for the Australian Open but for the entire year and after as well,” he concluded.