Jim Courier: 'Roger Federer's racquet wizardry will be intact, but the problem is..'

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Jim Courier: 'Roger Federer's racquet wizardry will be intact, but the problem is..'

Former Major champion and world no. 1 Jim Courier can't wait to see Roger Federer back on the court. The 20-time Major winner will not compete in Melbourne in February, staying on the practice court and hoping to hit the official action again in March.

Courier believes that Roger's magic will not slip away from his racquet, despite such a long break, focusing on Roger's movement as the primary concern after two knee surgeries. Following that long break in 2016, Federer returned stronger and competed on a high level in the next three years to challenge Rafael nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The Swiss claimed three out of five Majors between the Australian Open 2017-18, celebrating on the most significant scene for the first time since 2012 and increasing his tally to 20. Roger won four ATP titles in 2019 and wished for more in the season behind us.

Still, a knee injury had to change his plans, as he played only one tournament at the Australian Open. Federer battled past John Millman and Tennys Sandgren to reach the semi-final, losing it to Novak Djokovic and not playing official matches ever since.

In February, Roger underwent knee surgery and opted for another in May when the pain failed to go away. That was a sign for him to wrap up the year and focus on 2021, eager to extend his career and fight for notable titles again despite turning 40 in August.

Jim Courier is curious to see Roger Federer's movement once he returns. Federer didn't like the Melbourne quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, skipping the first Major of the season and staying on the practice court in Dubai with his coach Ivan Ljubicic.

Roger should return within two months, with Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai as the potential stops in his calendar at the moment. The Swiss is ranked inside the top-5 thanks to 2019 points and the Australian Open semi-final and will start from a good position once he decides to return.

"Roger Federer's wizardry with a racquet will be intact. He will not have lost his racquet skills, but the big X-Factor is the movement. He had two knee surgeries, and the return couldn't come as fast as Roger and his team had hoped.

Roger has played first-strike tennis for his entire career, and he could even increase if the movement is not there. Still, it will be tough for him to endure seven best-of-five encounters without a proper movement, which is what he is here for.

We should be grateful for seeing him on the court again; he is so fun to watch, and we all hope to see him playing as long as possible," Jim Courier said.