Tim Henman: Roger Federer is definitely aware of what has been going on in Melbourne



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Tim Henman: Roger Federer is definitely aware of what has been going on in Melbourne

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman revealed he has exchanged some texts with Roger Federer as the Swiss is definitely aware of what's been going on at the Australian Open. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is missing the Australian Open because he is recovering from a knee surgery.

Rafael Nadal is on the verge of breaking the all-time Grand Slam record as he is set to battle Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. "He's always been a massive tennis fan – that's why he got involved in the game, he loves tennis.

I've texted him a few times so I know he's definitely aware of what's been going on," Henman said on Eurosport. "Fingers crossed his rehabilitation is going well and instead of watching tennis we can watch him back out on the court.

"No-one knows if and when Federer will be back. I'm sure he's working incredibly hard. "But it's slightly pointless speculating. He will let us know one way of the other, but it's obviously challenging and not getting any easier at his age.

"But I, for one, would love to see him back on court."

Henman would love to see Federer back

Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 but made his comeback last year. Unfortunately for Federer and his fans, the Swiss appeared in just five tournaments before he decided to undergo another knee surgery.

There is no clear date for Federer's return but it's likely we won't see the Swiss in the first half of the season. "It's inevitable that any tournament that doesn't have Roger Federer, he's going to be missed," Henman added.

"He's always been extremely popular wherever he has played – one of the most successful male players of all time. "Having said that, there's always so many other great players to watch. We'd love to see Federer back on court, but there's still a great group of male and female players out there."