Former Davis Cup Teammate Reveals When Roger Federer Might Return After Australian Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 12/29/2020, 12:00 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during a practice session during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on in London, England. Picture Credit: Getty Images


The 2021 Australian Open suffered a huge blow as Roger Federer decided to withdraw from the tournament. This has also raised many questions regarding the Swiss maestro’s comeback to tennis.

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Former Olympic Gold medallist Marc Rosset and compatriot Yves Allegro voiced their opinion on his likely return.

Because he was not fully prepared, Roger Federer pulled out from the opening Grand Slam of 2021. But this is not the first time the Swiss ace has done so, remarked the retired Swiss player.

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“If we take a step back, he had already experienced a relapse in 2016 when he returned between Monte-Carlo and Wimbledon. In London, he had been through the entire tournament with fluid in his knee.

“So already four years ago, total healing had taken a full year,” Rosset said. (All quotes are translated via Google Translate)

The 20-time Grand Slam winner had shown his excitement over his return to Melbourne Park. Currently, training with Junior French Open champion Dominic Stricker in Dubai, Federer aims for full recovery before starting his season.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

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In comparison to Del Potro’s return after injuries, everything depends on the level of Federer’s knee, stated Rosset. Marc claimed, “If the body goes, the preparation follows, his game will be in place.”

The question remains: Can his 39-year-old body meet the demands of a tennis season?

However, he believes that Roger will be only one or two tournaments behind other players. Marc and Yves subsequently highlighted that the Swiss maestro will return in March.

“I can see him coming back to Rotterdam,” Rosset and Allegro spoke in unison. Yves explained, “This is where he went to seek the place of world No. 1 in 2017. There are good memories.”

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Federer is known to strategically schedule his calendar with regard to his physical capabilities. And even though he is in a tough spot with his injury and age, he will return at his best.

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The 42-year-old added, “I think he will favor places with which he has a common history. So, Rotterdam undoubtedly and perhaps Marseille, which offered him a wildcard at the start of his career.”

The delay on his comeback is as saddening for tennis fans as is for the Happy Slam. Nevertheless, there is still great anticipation behind Federer’s comeback after 13 months outside tennis.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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