‘Roger Federer will play again in 2022, but we do not know when,’ says Ljubicic

Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic is in Turin this week, following the ATP Finals and recalling the days he lived near this city in North Italy. Asked about Roger Federer’s recovery, Ljubicic could not say anything about the plans of the 20-time Major winner, although he confirmed his player will compete again in 2022! Roger has not played since Wimbledon, still struggling with a knee injury and undergoing the third surgery and skipping the rest of the season. The Swiss is eager to get back at his best next year, although he would not rush anything during the recovery process, putting his health above everything. Roger played on a high level in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 event in Miami and squandering two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon final.

The Swiss was the Australian Open semi-finalist in January next year before experiencing a knee injury that required surgeries in February and May. Roger stayed away from the court for 13 months, embracing the most extended break of his career and starting training again last October. This March, Federer beat Daniel Evans for a winning return in Doha, prevailing in three sets before losing in the quarter-final to Nikoloz Basilashvili after squandering a match point. Roger played again in Geneva and Paris on clay, earning three Roland Garros victories and withdrawing ahead of the fourth-round clash to preserve energy for his beloved grass swing.

Ivan Ljubicic spoke about Roger Federer’s recovery process.

The Swiss experienced the earliest Halle exit in a career against Felix Auger-Aliassime and set eyes on his 22nd All England Club campaign. Stopping the clock, Federer beat four rivals to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era, facing Hubert Hurkacz in a battle for the semis. Losing steam, Roger won only nine games in a tough 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 defeat, experiencing his first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final and staying away from the court ever since.

“Roger Federer will play again in 2022; I can confirm that. Still, I can not say anything about the comeback plans, dates or tournaments, as he still undergoes the process of rehabilitation after the third surgery. The recovery goes slowly, and Roger rushes nothing ahead of his comeback,” Ivan Ljubicic said.

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