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Federer is set to play his first tournament since the Australian Open Friday in Miami, when he takes on former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who himself is on the comeback trail from wrist surgery.
Federer said that the innocuous accident happened as he was running a bath for his twin daughters. As he turned from his right to his left and shifted his weight to his left foot, Federer felt something ‘click’ in his left knee. He continued with a planned family trip to the zoo even though his leg was swollen. Upon returning home to Switzerland he immediately had an MRI, which led to the February 3 surgery.
“I remember I turned, I felt my knee was funny, I turned back. That's when I heard a click,” Federer said. “I did feel that something was strange in my knee. Very simple movement, probably a movement I've done a million times in my life for sure.
“When I got the news that I had to have the operation I saw the pictures and talked to my doctor and knew that it was the only way out of this one. In the hospital, when I was about to go into the operating room, that’s when I got nervous and sad about it all. When I woke up and looked at my knee it was like ‘This doesn’t feel like my leg. I can’t believe I did the operation and I hope it will come back from here.’ That’s when I got scared.
“Then literally one day, two days later I had no more pain. I realised I could already move my leg again. You learn how to walk on crutches and all that, which I'd done once before in 2005 when I tore the ligaments in my foot….. It's baby steps. Still at the same time you go from crutches to walking to running to jumping to sprinting. It's pretty incredible to see the progress I've been able to make in a short period of time.”
Federer was on crutches for 12 days and only resumed full training nine days ago. Despite missing key events in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells, Federer said that he savoured the extra time at home.
“It sounds weird, but I kind of enjoyed the process of improving every day. I had a positive mindset. We worked two to three times a day. We were in Switzerland for five straight weeks, which is rare for us to be in one place, especially our home for so long. Enjoyed everything about it… nothing to do other than rehabbing and spending time with the family. It was a really nice process. Never had any setbacks. That was very crucial that I'm here today.”
Date: 24 March 2016, Source: ATP
The 17-time Grand Slam champion had arthroscopic surgery on February 3 to repair a meniscus he tore the day after his Australian Open semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic. He skipped tournaments at Rotterdam, Dubai, and Indian Wells. He had hinted he would return to the tour at the Monte Carlo tournament in April.
But he decided to get back to action in Key Biscayne. Federer posted an emoji-filled Tweet on Thursday morning that included an airplane, American flag, orange, sun, palm tree, dolphin, beach, sunglasses, tennis ball, thumbs up and @MiamiOpen.
His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that Federer is headed to South Florida and plans to play the tournament, which runs March 23 through April 3.
“Roger’s very excited to return to Miami. He’s always enjoyed playing the tournament, and he looks forward to getting back out on the court after his knee surgery. He’s been practicing very well the last few days with no setbacks so he’s looking forward to seeing the fans in Miami next week.”
“We are thrilled Roger is making his return to tennis here in Miami,” tournament director Adam Barrett said in a released statement. “Our fans will be ecstatic to see the 17-time Grand Slam and two-time Miami Open champion in person.”
Federer skipped Miami in 2013 and 2015, but played here in 2014.
Date: 17 March 2016, Source: Miami Herald
The Swiss later spent time at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, which was attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of the best actor Oscar for his performance in The Revenant, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Eddie Redmayne, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and former World No. 1 John McEnroe. Federer wore a tuxedo and shoes made by Louis Vuitton.
On Saturday night, Federer had attended Harvey Weinstein's star-studded pre-Oscars party at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Federer returned to the practice court last week, having undergone arthroscopic surgery on his knee on 3 February in Switzerland. He will return to court at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, starting on 10 April.
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Date: 29 February 2016, Source: ATP