Is Roger Federer intentionally not disclosing too much about his recent knee injury? Is it a part of the strategy from the Swiss’ camp to keep opponents guessing? An ESPN tennis analyst believes this is part of Federer’s plan and strategy as he enters the twilight of his career.
Federer had surgery on his knee in early February and is scheduled to return in about two months. There are varied reports on when the Swiss suffered the injury, which is the first major surgery for Federer in his career.
“The biggest takeaway from those episodes was how closed-mouth Federer and his highly disciplined camp were about them. And if they chose to play their cards so close to the vest on those occasions, it’s a good bet they would be equally if not more reticent regarding this latest setback,” Peter Bodo, the veteran tennis writer of ESPN, wrote on Wednesday.
“The early details confirm this theory, for we still don’t even know for certain when Federer sustained this injury — or how likely it is to be a recurring or serious threat.”
Bodo contends that Federer does not have to chase for ATP ranking points at this point of the season, as he is ok with settling for World No. 3 or 4 and have similar seedings in the big tournaments.
Federer’s most recent performance was a semifinals loss to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2016 Australian Open. Federer has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and is stuck at 17 majors win, the all-time world record.
“While this is an unfortunate setback, I feel grateful that up until now I have remained mostly healthy throughout my career. My doctors have ensured me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the Tour soon,” Federer said in an official statement and without many details on the injury.
The report also adds that by not revealing the details of the injury, Federer can keep people “guessing” and that is “smart play” in trying to get advantage over his opponents, who does not know the exact extent of the injury.
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