“I’m Still Not at 100%” – Roger Federer Raises Uncertainties Over Australian Open 2021 Comeback

Published 12/13/2020, 2:14 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


More than half of the tennis audience is craving to watch World Number five Roger Federer in action on the professional tennis courts. It’s been almost 11 months since the Swiss legend held a racket in front of a tennis audience and he’s still trying to overcome his knee issues.

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Recently, Federer was present at the Sports Awards event in Zurich, Switzerland, where he updated fans on his recovery process and expected return.

Fortunately, there aren’t any major setbacks but the Swiss maestro stated he still isn’t wholly fit to swing his rackets.

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Roger Federer on his recovery and Australian Open 2021 Come Back

“I didn’t have any setbacks since the 2nd operation. I’ve made constant progress over the last 6 months. Let’s see how the next couple of months go,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of physio and physical work lately, now let’s see how the tennis goes. I wish I was more ready but at the same time I’m happy where I stand. We had a plan and decided to take as much time as we need. I’m still not at 100%.”

The unconventional delay of the Happy Slam, Australian Open 2021, has, in a way, benefitted Roger Federer. The event was supposed to start on January 18, 2021. However, with the coronavirus pandemic taking a toll over the world, Tennis Australia has decided to postpone the event by three weeks in order to regulate quarantine measures.

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With this, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer has a few more extra days to begin the quest for his much-awaited 21st Major title.

“It’s a race against time for the Australian Open, we will see, I’m curious to see whether it will start on Feb 8. Of course it would help if I had a bit more time,” he added.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first round match against Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

In 2020, Roger Federer played just one tournament on the tour, i.e., the Australian Open. He made a deep run at the event by reaching the semifinals but lost to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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Before that, Federer played two rollercoaster matches against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren in the earlier rounds and captivated the tennis world with his sleek ability to survive nervy matches.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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