Roger Federer unlikely to play at Australian Open, but retirement not on cards, says coach Ivan Lubicic tennis news

Roger Federer, 40, out of action with a knee injury© AFP

Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he has recovered from injury, according to his coach Ivan Lubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since the Wimbledon quarterfinal loss in July. The 40-year-old underwent surgery on his right knee in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played in five tournaments since those surgeries, all of which came this season.

“I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Lubicic told Stats Perform.

“I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing that, he wants to make sure that he can play and be 100 percent to win the tournament. He will go step by step because He is 40 now and he needs to be patient. He may not recover as quickly as he used to.”

The Croatian, however, said he was certain Federer was not thinking of retiring just yet.

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“We’ve talked and I can guarantee he wants to play tennis,” he said.

Last month, Roger Federer dropped out of the top-10 of the ATP rankings. It was the first time since January 2017 that the 20-time Grand Slam champion dropped out of the top-10 rankings in men’s tennis.

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