“Important to be Positive”: Roger Federer Serves Up Hope for New Season

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Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has labelled 2020 as a ‘difficult year’. The COVID-19 pandemic and a fresh surgery on a troublesome knee put Federer out of action this year.

A year to forget for Roger Federer

Though he played the Australian Open, Federer missed a clutch of Tour events thereafter.

The Swiss Ace also skipped the French Open and US Open, which were staged sans spectators.

Sitting down for a chat on Instagram, Federer gave his take on a year that hasn’t been a fulfilling one on the professional front.

“2020 will be remembered as a difficult year on many levels,” Federer said.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Mens Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Swiss Ace looking ahead for the New Year

He said despite the disappointments and setbacks, it was important to keep a positive outlook for the new year.

“So, I think, it’s really important to be positive but really help one another out. If now we can pick up our family members, our friends, and help them through these difficult times……and that’s going to be essential,” Federer said.

“I believe in the power of people……people always persevere and find new ways.

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“We adapt to a new situation and challenges. And I think we’ll do the same here as well,” the Swiss Master said.

Strong comeback on Federer’s mind

On what’s important for him right now, Federer said it was to make a strong comeback post surgery.

“Right now, I’d like to come back to a 100% with my knee, with my body……getting in shape and then be on the tennis court. I don’t know, enjoy the crowd, win big matches again,” Federer said.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Though out of rehabilitation post surgery, Federer hasn’t yet announced his availability for the Australian Open next year.

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