After withdrawing from his Doha semifinal with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday, Roger Federer arrived in Melbourne yesterday for the Australian Open, and despite a back injury concern the Swiss went right to the tennis court for some practice.
“Happy to be in Melbourne. I went for a light and easy hit and I am making good progress which is nice….” Federer posted on Facebook.
The 30-year-old Federer first injured his back last Wednesday during his win over Grega Zemlja.
“For Australia I’m optimistic, just because it’s not very good but it isn’t crazy bad,” he said last week. “I have had bad backs in the past.”
The four-time Australian Open champion Federer will be seeded No. 3 when the draw is released this Friday. His last Grand Slam title came at Melbourne in 2010.
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