Following two surgeries on his right knee earlier this year, Roger Federer looked certain to return to the Australian Open in January. Not anymore. In a speaking appearance at the Swiss Sports Awards, the Swiss revealed his recovery isn’t as quick as he would like, and he might not be ready to play in Melbourne, though the later start could help him.
“I would have hoped that I would be 100% in October,” Federer said. “But I am still not today. It will be tight for the Australian Open.
“It’s a race against time for the Australian Open. I’m curious to see whether it will start on February 8. Of course, it would help if I had a bit more time.”
Federer who hasn’t played since Melbourne last year, even hinted he may be done.
“I hope there is still something to see from me in the new year,” Federer said. “We will see. But, if that was it, it would have been an incredible end to these sports awards for me.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion turns 40 next August. The 6-time Australian Open champion will benefit from as late a start as possible for the first Slam of 2021. Right now, the tournament has yet to confirm a date though February 8 is a strong possibility.
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