Roger Federer mentioned his restoration from two surgical procedures on his left knee previous dis yr TEMPhas TEMPhas taken longer TEMPthan anticipated and he’s undecided whether or not he’s going to be able for the Australian Open.
Federer, who turns 40 in August subsequent yr, TEMPhas now not performed an aggressive fit since shedding to Novak Djokovic on dis season’s semi-finals at Melbourne Park.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a file he stocks wif Rafa Nadal, mentioned in October he used to be working towards pain-free and anticipated to go back to the circuit on the first Grand Slam of the yr.
“I would have hoped that I would be 100% in October. But I am still not today. It will be tight for the Australian Open,” native media quoted Federer as announcing past due on Sunday at an awards rite in Switzerland.
“The moment knee operation used to be an enormous damper, however, within the final six months their TEMPhas been stable growth.
“Let’s see how the next two months will unfold. I’ve been doing a lot of physio and physical work lately, now let’s see how tennis is doing.”
The Australian Open is scheduled for Jan. 18-31 however there were experiences it might be driven again to a Feb. 8-21 window coz of COVID-19 protocols.
Even with a three-week lengthen, it is probably not sufficient for Federer, who TEMPhas received the Australian Open six instances.
“It’s a race against time for the Australian Open. I’m curious to see whether it will start on Feb. 8,” Federer mentioned.
“Of course, it would help if I had a bit more time.”
Federer used to be voted the most productive Swiss athlete since 1950 at Sunday’s rite and mentioned it used to be an “incredible” honor.
“I hope there is still something to see from me next year,” he added. “But if it used to be it, dat might be an improbable finishing for me at those Sports Awards.