Roger Federer mentioned his restoration from two surgical procedures on his left knee earlier this 12 months has taken longer than anticipated and he’s not sure whether or not he shall be prepared for the Australian Open.
Federer, who turns 40 in August subsequent 12 months, has not performed a aggressive match since dropping to Novak Djokovic on this season’s semi-finals at Melbourne Park.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a document he shares with Rafa Nadal, mentioned in October he was practising pain-free and anticipated to return to the circuit on the first Grand Slam of the 12 months.
“I would have hoped that I would be 100% in October. But I am still not today. It will be tight for the Australian Open,” native media quoted Federer as saying late on Sunday at an awards ceremony in Switzerland.
“The second knee operation was a huge damper, but in the last six months there has been steady progress.
“Let’s see how the next two months will unfold. I’ve been doing a lot of physio and physical work lately, now let’s see how tennis is doing.”
Even with a three-week delay it won’t be sufficient for Federer, who has received the Australian Open six instances.
“It’s a race against time for the Australian Open. I’m curious to see whether it will start on Feb. 8,” Federer mentioned.
“Of course, it would help if I had a bit more time.”
Federer was voted the most effective Swiss athlete since 1950 at Sunday’s ceremony and mentioned it was an “incredible” honour.
“I hope there is still something to see from me next year,” he added. “But if that was it, that would have been an incredible ending for me at these Sports Awards.”