Roger Federer has undergone knee surgery in recent months and will have to stay a long way from the fields by proceeding gradually with his rehabilitation: his goal is to return to the court in 2021, the year in which he will turn 40.
Roger Federer has not decided on his comeback date yet, according to coach Severin Luthi, although he expects him to make the Australian Open.
Luthi on Roger Federer
“There is still a long way to go, and we depend on the pandemic,” Severin Luthi said of Roger Federer’s comeback plans.
“There have been no tournaments talks; will he play the ATP Cup or some exhibition matches before the Australian Open? It would not be wise to talk now about this or that playing, as that limits your planning”.
Luthi also recently reassured fans that Federer is not struggling with his training, saying: “Rehab is going as usual; there were no setbacks. Like everyone after surgery, Roger has his good and bad days”. As for when Roger Federer will resume full-tilt training, Luthi has set the deadline for this October.
He stressed on the fact that the Swiss still had plenty of time to get back in shape for the 2021 season. “Our plan is to be back on the court regularly from the beginning of October," Luthi continued. "Because one thing is clear: he needs training hours on the court before his comeback.
We still have enough time." For Luthi, the 2017 Australian Open was almost as good as a miracle, and he hinted that a repeat could be tougher this time around given how the Next Gen stars are improving. "Let's be honest: what he did in Melbourne in 2017 bordered on a miracle," Luthi said.
"To win one of the biggest tournaments with practically no competition practice, that was extraordinary. Federer is an exceptional talent. But his competitors are all very good tennis players. The younger ones in particular are constantly developing."
The 39-year-old Federer currently leads the Grand Slam tally with 20 major titles to his name, but Nadal is one major title away and has two more than Djokovic. The Serbian had a great chance to reduce the deficit at the US Open 2020 as the tournament did not feature Nadal and Federer.
Unfortunately, Djokovic was disqualified for striking a line judge with a ball during his Round of 16 matches against Spain's Carreno Busta.