Federer to skip Australian Open


LONDON:

Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open in January and is unlikely to return to competitors till mid-2022 as he recovers from a number of knee surgical procedures, the previous world primary instructed Swiss media.

Federer, 40, additionally stated he could be “extremely surprised” if he was in a position to play at Wimbledon, a Grand Slam he has gained a document eight occasions together with his final title coming in 2017.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion stated he would have the ability to resume operating in January and return to coaching on the courtroom in March or April.

“I need to be very patient and give my knee the time to heal. The next few months will be crucial,” Federer stated in an interview carried by a number of Swiss media shops.

Federer’s agent didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Federer is tied with Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic within the race to be essentially the most profitable males’s singles Grand Slam champion of all time.

His coach Ivan Ljubicic had stated earlier this week that Federer was unlikely to play at Melbourne Park in January as he was not going to be at 100%.

Federer had two knee operations in 2020 that stored him out of the tour for greater than a yr and returned to motion in March however he performed solely 13 matches this yr. He withdrew from the French Open in June after profitable his third-round match to save lots of himself for Wimbledon however fell on the quarter-finals hurdle on the grass courtroom Grand Slam a month shy of his 40th birthday.

Another damage compelled Federer to skip the US Open as he went beneath the knife once more and he stated docs additionally mounted cartilage in his knee.

“This summer it was decided to suture the lesion to my meniscus, which involves some downtime,” he stated. “The doctors took the opportunity to also treat my cartilage. The combination of these two procedures requires patience and caution.”

Federer has not gained a Grand Slam since clinching the Australian Open title in 2018 however the Swiss veteran stated he’s nonetheless holding out for a ‘miracle’.

“My life is not going to collapse if I don’t play a Grand Slam final again,” he added. “But it would be the ultimate dream to go back. And in fact, I still believe in it. I believe in these kinds of miracles.”

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