Tennis playerRoger Federer announced that his long awaited comeback in the ATP circuit would not occur before April. Although he had initially announced that he would be present in California in the beginning of March, at the Indian Wells tournament, his recovery overturned the schedule.

Federer is recovering after the knee injury he underwent

Immediately after the Australian Open semifinal, where he was defeated by the world leader Novak Djokovic, Federer underwent a knee surgery. The Swiss champion thus missed the tournaments in Dubai and Rotterdam, yet he was expected to participate in the tournaments on the American hardcourt in March: Indian Wells and Miami, both in the Masters Series category.

Federer, the winner of 17 Grand Slams throughout his career, announced that he would come back to the ATP circuit at the Masters Tournament held on the Monte Carlo clay court.

Federer’s 2016 schedule was further shortened

His knee injury will make the Swiss player further adjust theschedule for this season. At the end of last year, in the schedule for 2016, Federer had planned to attend only one clay tournament, namely the Roland Garros. That came as a shock to many people. They were all wondering what the point was in competingatRoland Garros without at least one preliminary clay tournament.

Taking into account that Federer misses 4 tournaments, his participation in the Monte Carlo was somehow expected.

The Swiss player shortened his 2016 tournament schedule in order to offer himself more time to rest. His main goal was the best possible performance in the Rio Olympics.

No doubt that his prolonged absence from the competitions will leave its mark on his game, just like his age will, but ultimately Federer is maybe the greatest tennis player of all time.

An interesting fact regarding his physical endurance: throughout his entire career as a professional player, Federer has never quit during a match. It is truly amazing were we to think that he played over 1300 matches in the ATP circuit of which he won over a thousand.

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