‘I might have hoped that I might be 100% in October. But I’m nonetheless not at this time. It can be tight for the Australian Open.’
IMAGE: Roger Federer, who turns 40 in August subsequent 12 months, has not performed a aggressive match since dropping to Novak Djokovic in this 12 months’s Australian Open semi-finals in January. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Roger Federer stated his restoration from two surgical procedures on his left knee earlier this 12 months has taken longer than anticipated and he’s unsure whether or not he can be prepared for the Australian Open.
Federer, who turns 40 in August subsequent 12 months, has not performed a aggressive match since dropping to Novak Djokovic in this season’s semi-finals at Melbourne Park.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a file he shares with Rafael Nadal, stated in October he was practising pain-free and anticipated to return to the circuit on the first Grand Slam of the 12 months.
“I might have hoped that I might be 100% in October. But I’m nonetheless not at this time. It can be tight for the Australian Open,” native media quoted Federer as saying late on Sunday at an awards ceremony in Switzerland.
“The second knee operation was an enormous damper, however in the final six months there was regular progress.
“Let’s see how the subsequent two months will unfold. I’ve been doing quite a bit of physio and bodily work recently, now let’s examine how tennis is doing.”
The Australian Open is scheduled for January 18-31 however there have been studies it may very well be pushed again to a February 8-21 window on account of COVID-19 protocols.
Even with a three-week delay it may not be sufficient for Federer, who has gained the Australian Open six occasions.
“It’s a race in opposition to time for the Australian Open. I’m curious to see whether or not it’s going to begin on February 8,” Federer stated.
“Of course, it will assist if I had a bit extra time.”
Federer was voted one of the best Swiss athlete since 1950 at Sunday’s ceremony and stated it’s an “unimaginable” honour.
“I hope there’s nonetheless one thing to see from me subsequent 12 months,” he added. “But if that was it, that may have been an unimaginable ending for me at these Sports Awards.”