For the past 14 years, Roger Federer has been a regular guest at huge coffee company Jura, learning something new every time he visits their headquarters. The grand champion has had the opportunity to spend more time with his family, friends and business partners over the last seven months, not competing since the Australian Open and not resuming the season after the coronavirus outbreak.
The Swiss had undergone two knee surgeries and has been working hard on the return, hoping to get back at his best ahead of the Aussie swing in January. Roger is back on the court, training with his physio Pierre Paganini and starting to hit the ball again for a couple of hours every day.
Federer didn't play the ATP Cup for Switzerland at the beginning of the season, practicing ahead of Melbourne, where he reached the semi-final after a rollercoaster ride. In the third round, the Swiss trailed 8-4 in the deciding tie break against John Millman, taking six straight points and avoiding an early exit.
Roger Federer hopes to return in January 2021.
Struggling with a groin injury, Federer had to deal with seven match points against Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-final's fourth set, fending them off to pass another obstacle!
In the semis, Novak Djokovic beat Roger in straight sets in what has been the last official match of the season for the Swiss. After the record-breaking Cape Town encounter with Rafael Nadal at the beginning of February, Federer underwent a knee surgery instead of traveling to Dubai, planning to return in June for the grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon.
Roger failed to eliminate the pain and underwent another surgery in May, choosing to skip the rest of the season and get ready for 2021. In his interview during the Jura visit, Roger said he would not make rushed decisions, listening to his body and planning a smart schedule that should include those tournaments where he can compete at his 100%.
At the moment, he trains with the racquet for around two hours every day, feeling optimistic about January as the return date and saying there will be no further surgeries. "I'm on the right path; I'm gradually coming back but without putting any pressure on myself and taking my time.
I will enter the tournaments only when I'm 100% fit. It currently looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January. I can't train for more than two hours with the racquet at the moment; I have been working on my stamina and strength painlessly for a while. There will be no further surgeries," Roger Federer said.