Karachi: Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer’s career has been marred by knee injuries and it is taking longer than expected for him to return to the Tennis court.
The 39-year-old Federer is unsure whether he will be ready for the Australian Open as he is still recovering from two surgeries.
Federer said in October that he was practicing pain-free and expected to return to the circuit at the first Grand Slam of the year (Australian Open).
“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,” Federer said 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,” he added.
The Australian Open is scheduled to start from January 18-31 but they are reports it could be further pushed back to February second week due to COVID-19 protocols.
On the other hand, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles title was voted the best Swiss athlete since 1950.
“I hope there is still something to see from me next year but if that was it, that would have been an incredible ending for me at these Sports Awards,” he added.
Note, Federer has not played a competitive match since losing to Novak Djokovic in this season’s semi-finals at Melbourne Park.