Roger Federer: 'I will not play the Australian Open, it was never an option'

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Roger Federer: 'I will not play the Australian Open, it was never an option'

As was expected, the 20-time Major winner Roger Federer will not compete at the next year's Australian Open. The 40-year-old experienced the third knee surgery within a year and a half a couple of months ago, and he can not rush anything on his recovery process.

Roger wants to get back at 100% and fight for the notable titles again in the rest of his career, hoping to return to the court the following summer after Wimbledon. Federer played 19 matches in the last two seasons, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing three surgeries to prolong his career.

Roger played on a high level in 2019, finishing third in the standings behind Nadal and Djokovic and preparing another strong run in 2020 with the Australian Open semi-final. As it turned out, that was Roger's last tournament for the next 13 months, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing surgeries in February and May.

Last October, Federer returned to the practice court and was ready to compete again eight months ago in Doha. The veteran entered five tournaments in 2021, picking his schedule wisely and winning nine out of 13 matches. The Swiss advanced into the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era, winning four encounters before suffering a massive loss to Hubert Hurkacz and undergoing third knee surgery.

Starting another rehabilitation at 40, Federer is eager to compete in the second part of 2022 and fight for the trophies.

Roger Federer will skip the upcoming Australian Open.

Thus, the Swiss maestro will skip the Australian Open for the second straight year, and we still remember his thrilling run from January 2020.

In the third round, Federer prevailed over John Millman in the decider's match tie break, winning the last six points from 8-4 down to cross the finish line first. Roger saved seven match points in a thriller against Tennys Sandgren to find himself in the semi-final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.

"I would be shocked if I were to play the next year's Wimbledon. Australia is not an option, and it never was. That comes as no surprise. Even before the operation, we knew I would need several months away from the court.

I wanted to wait for the first major test before making a public statement, and the results were very encouraging. I have started a lengthy rehabilitation process, putting all my heart and soul into it," Roger Federer said.