Roche on Roger Federer: 'I wouldnt count him out of returning to Australia next year'

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Roche on Roger Federer: 'I wouldnt count him out of returning to Australia next year'

Tennis great Tony Roche, who has been a former coach of Roger Federer, says would not count out Roger Federer coming back to Melbourne for the Australian Open again next year. Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Roche commented, "But he got to the semis here.

I know he’ll be looking forward to Wimbledon. He’s going to be one of the favourites going into that tournament so I wouldn’t count him out [of returning to Australia next year]." Federer reached the semi-finals in Melbourne where he lost to Novak Djokovic on Thursday, He is committed to playing a full year in 2020 and after his loss in the semis, he commented, "I'm confident.

I'm happy how I'm feeling, to be honest. I got through a good, nice training block. No plans to retire. From that standpoint, we'll see how the year goes, how everything is with the family. We'll go from there. Of course, I hope to be back."

Federer is now headed to South Africa for the Match in Africa exhibition series against Spain's Rafael Nadal and says he is very much looking forward to the same. "I mean, look, number one I'm very happy. Obviously this Match for Africa is finally happening.

It's been a dream of mine for many, many years. It's unfortunate that it's taken this long. You know how it is. Life on tour sometimes is what it is. I couldn't be more excited now that it's actually really happening.

I hope I'm going to be really fine to play. I believe I am, but we'll see. Also that Rafa is willing to do it is exciting, of course, to say the least. I know my parents are very happy, very proud as well. I'm sure it's going to be very, very special for me on many levels to play there.

Besides, we're going to have so many people there, as well. We'll really try to make it accessible for a lot of people to come. Not just make it a high-end, just to wealthy, try to print money. That was never the idea. The idea was to have a fun, fun evening for everybody. I think we're going to be able to achieve that."