After losing to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Federer injured his knee making a bath for his children.
The Swiss star underwent surgery in February and returned to tour a few months later but was far from fully fit.
Following another slip later in the year at Wimbledon, Federer decided to cut short his season and rehab his knee which meant missing the Olympics, US Open and World Tour Finals.
But Federer has since pinpointed his time off the tour as the key to winning the Australian Open this year.
Roger Federer insists he’s not set a trend for players to end seasons early in order to get some rest, despite Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray being among a vast group of ATP stars who cut 2017 short – although he thinks a period of absence for older stars is not a bad thing.
This season has seen an unfortunate for number of top players end their campaign ended early due to injury and fitness problems.
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic have all shut down their seasons early with the aim of returning in the new year with a clean bill of health.
However Federer doesn’t think his actions last year was the catalyst for other players to emulate him.
Federer told Swiss outlet Tagesanzeiger : “This is probably a coincidence.
“Most of these players are also no longer 22, but around the 30 and have played a lot.
“A long break is sometimes necessary and could be a trend for older players.
“But I do not think that many of the younger ones will simply break off the season in the future because they think that is better. If one can play, then he plays.
“I hope that in the future, more players will be able to take breaks even under the year, install training blocks and not all burned out at the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, Federer has suggested he could skip the clay court season in 2018.
Federer told Tennis TV: “We had meetings about how we could attack next season.
“I know I’m going to start with the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open.
“Some tournaments are set in stone, some others I’m just trying to find out what the best solution is for my playing schedule, my family, for my body, for my mind.”
Federer also looked ahead to his opening match in Basel against American hotshot Frances Tiafoe. The 19-year-old took the Swiss to five sets at the US Open but Federer is hoping for a more comfortable outing on home turf as he chases an eighth title.