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Reasons why Roger Federer will come back even stronger after the surgery? – All You Need to Know-

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Roger Federer announced through his Twitter account a few weeks ago that he had undergone surgery on his right knee: “My right knee has bothered me in the last period. I was hoping it would go away but, after an examination and a comparison with my staff, we decided to proceed on the way arthroscopic.

After the surgery the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to do, they are very confident of my full recovery. As a result I will skip the tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and Roland Garros. I am grateful for your support, I can’t wait to go back to play soon, see you on the grass!”.

Roger Federer

The Swiss Maestro will come back for the grass-swing. This is not the first time that Federer returns from surgery or from a negative period. It happened after his bad 2013: between 2014 and 2015 he won 11 titles, including two ATP Masters 1000, the Davis Cup 2014 and he played and lost three Slam finals against Novak Djokovic (Wimbledon 2014 and 2015 and the US Open 2015 ).

In 2016 Roger played perhaps his worst season, not even winning a title for the first time in his career and skipping the last part of the year due to an injury. RHe came back in 2017 to the Australian Open, unexpectedly winning the title in the final against Rafael Nadal.

Roger Federer

In 2017 and in 2018 Federer won three Slams (Australian Open 2017 and 2018 and Wimbledon 2017) and a total of 11 titles. His 2019 was a good season, with the final at Wimbledon, but after the Australian Open 2020 semifinal lost against Djokovic here is the news of the surgery on his right knee.

For Roger Federer it will be the third come back in the past seven years: will it still be a positive turn for him?

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When Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are positioned first, second and third in a specific statistic over a five-year period, you know that it is a dominant driving force of their continued success.

The metric is second-serve points won and from 2015-2019 nobody on the planet was more successful winning points behind their second serve than the Big Three. Federer led the trio and the ATP Tour in second-serve points won over the five-year period, winning 58.61 per cent (4,237/7,229) of his second-serve points.

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In second place, less than one percentage point back, was Nadal at 57.86 per cent (4,011/6,932), with World No. 1 Djokovic less than a percentage point back of Nadal, at 56.92 per cent (4407/7742).

Both Federer and Nadal were able to cross the daunting 60 per cent threshold of second-serve points won on grass, with Federer winning 60.16 per cent, and Nadal at 60.03 per cent. The Infosys Beyond The Numbers data set contains all players that have hit at least 1000 second serves over the five-year period from 2015-2019.

Federer/Nadal/Djokovic: Second Serve Points Won 2015-2019 On Each Surface – (Bold = Big Three Leader)

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Player Hard Clay Grass
Roger Federer 58.10% 58.49% 60.16%
Rafael Nadal 56.97% 58.65% 60.03%
Novak Djokovic 58.06% 54.69% 56.21%
John Isner sits in fourth place overall with second-serve points won from 2015-2019 on all surfaces, winning 56.54 per cent (3,754/ 6,640) of second-serve points. Isner’s most recent tournament victory came in July 2019 at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, where he won a dominant 58.77 per cent (67/114) of second-serve points.

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Milos Raonic is in fifth spot, winning 56.17 per cent (3,507/6,243) of second-serve points from 2015-2019. Rounding out the Top 10 are:

No. 6: Ivo Karlovic = 55.63% (3,142/5,648)
No. 7: Stan Wawrinka = 55.48% (4,805/8,661)
No. 8: Reilly Opelka = 55.09% (1,261/2,289)
No. 9: Juan Ignacio Londero = 54.69% (752/1,375)
No. 10: Miomir Kecmanovic = 64.55% (744/1,364)

Federer won’t be competing in the ‘Sunshine Double’ at Indian Wells and Miami this year as he is recovering from right knee surgery, but he does lead all players with second-serve points won at the two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments over the past five years, winning 60.36 per cent (504/835).

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An important element of the second serve to understand is that most of them come back in play. At the recently completed Australian Open, the tournament average for unreturned first serves was 37%, but that dropped all the way down to 17 per cent for second serves.

Djokovic won the title Down Under, and led the trio with the highest amount of unreturned second serves at 22 per cent.

2020 Australian Open: Big Three Unreturned Second Serves

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Djokovic = 22% (40/185)
Nadal = 18% (28/153)
Federer = 17% (37/219)

The career leader for second-serve points won is Nadal at 57.42 per cent (15,327/26,692). He will once again be relying on this proven strength of his game in 2020 as he looks to add to the 85 tour-level singles titles he has already captured in his career.

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