‘At the moment, Roger Federer is in a rehabilitation phase’, says top coach

Despite Ivan Ljubicic’s optimism in recent days, there has been no good news about Roger Federer’s return to the pitch. The Swiss champion has missed the second half of the season after the lost match at Wimbledon against Hubert Hurkacz and has decided to undergo a new operation. The goal was to compete already at the beginning of 2022, but things will not go that way. Federer has in fact talked about his condition and expressed all his concerns. “I plan to return to competition for the summer of 2022, but the next four or five months will be decisive,” Federer told the Tribune de Geneve. “The truth is, I would be incredibly surprised to play Wimbledon. In other words, I don’t even take Australia into consideration. The end is near, but I still want to try and play some great matches.” The newspaper “La Repubblica”, together with other important newspapers, collected new statements. “I underwent this operation to be able to ski with my children, and to play football or tennis with friends for decades to come. My first motivation was to get back in shape for my personal life, but I wanted to face this demanding rehabilitation with the body and mentality of a top sportsman. Would I have been able to put all my heart into physical re-education two or three years after retirement? I do not know. Absolutely, there is never a good time to retire. There is only the right moment for every sportsman.” Novak Djokovic also dedicated a thought to Federer at the press conference. “Fans love to watch him play, they love to see him around the tour.”

Ivan Ljubicic talks about Federer

Despite the gravity, Roger Federer has also trusted his millions of fans with the truth. That is why his coach Ljubicic feels that one should rest assured with the Swiss maestro’s updates. “I can guarantee you that with Roger, you can rest assured that what he says is what he is,” Ljubicic said. “He says things as they are, every now and then he avoids making certain details public, at other times, as in this case, he tells everything instead.” Furthermore, the coach reflected on the former World No.1’s return date to tennis. In essence, Ljubicic suggested that it all depends on the way things progress. “At the moment, he is in a rehabilitation phase, as he said. In January, we will start with the physical part – while with tennis, we will see how things progress. Far in this moment that we cannot hypothesize a date,” Federer’s coach added.

 

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