Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, 38, took a day off on Wednesday as he didn't practice ahead of his Australian Open semifinal showdown against second-seeded Novak Djokovic. Federer, ranked at No. 3 in the world, overcame a groin issue and a tough Tennys Sandgren challenge on Tuesday to reach the semifinal at Melbourne Park.
The 38-year-old, who received a medical time out for a groin issue in his Australian Open quarterfinal clash, saved seven match points before he beat Sandgren 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6 (8) 6-3. After beating Sandgren, the Swiss expressed the hope that not playing on Wednesday would help him recover a bit and feel better against Djokovic.
The Swiss also underlined that he would need to be at his best and fit in order to stand a chance against record seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic.