Roger Federer Likely To Miss Australian Open But Retirement Not Imminent, Says Coach

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Roger Federer will almost probably miss the Australian Open for the second year in a row, as he recovers slowly from his third round of knee surgery in the last 18 months. Ivan Ljubicic, Federer’s long-time coach, has brushed off fears that the tennis world has seen the last of the 20-time grand slam winner, who turned 40 in August.

In 2021, Federer has only played 13 matches, none since a straight-sets quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in July. The six-time Open champion’s latest four-month layoff follows a year off following his record-breaking 15th semi-final appearance at Melbourne Park in 2020.

“Roger Federer is very unlikely to play the Australian Open. He is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before. But he wants to compete again and won’t retire all of a sudden,” Ljubicic told Sky Sport TV on Sunday. “We will be able to see Roger again next year. I don’t know when exactly, but he is undergoing rehabilitation. He is recovering slowly, he is not in a hurry.”

source : guardian sport

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