Roger Federer Australian Open 2018

Roger Federer is likely to miss the Australian Open reveals close team member

Coach Ivan Ljubičić has said that Roger Federer is set to miss the Australian Open as he continues his recovery from injury, saying “he can’t recover as quickly as he used to.”

Federer has been out of action since a heavy straight sets defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at the Wimbledon quarter finals and has since been recovering from a setback he faced with his knee following a double knee surgery in 2020.

In September Roger Federer had said his recovery was progressing well but wouldn’t be rushing his return. Similarly, coach-turned-ESPN analyst Darren Cahill believed Federer would compete at the Australian Open.

Federer’s coach and former World number three Ljubičić has now told Stats Perform that the 2022 Australian Open is likely out of reach.

“I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now. I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100%.

“He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to be patient. He cannot recover as quickly as he used to.”

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