Roger Federer has played just 13 official matches this year, ending his season prematurely after Wimbledon. The former world number 1 has collected nine wins and four defeats in 2021, giving the feeling of being very far from his best condition. The round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at the Championships were the only seasonal highs of the King, clearly beaten by Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court last July. A few weeks later, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he had suffered a knee relapse and had to operate again. A few days ago, the 20-time Grand Slam champion provided some updates regarding his rehabilitation process. In addition to announcing his resignation from the Australian Open, the Swiss revealed that he will not play any official match until summer 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is in strong doubt, as Federer himself admitted during the interview. These statements have made the countless fans of him worry not a little. To the microphones of ‘Rete Uno Sport’, Ivan Ljubicic tried to restore a minimum of calm.
Ljubicic opens up on Roger 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. “There is a little hope for Wimbledon, but let’s see,” the coach said. “March-April could be soon; I think that in May we will have a little clearer idea. With Roger, it’s useless to try to read between the lines.” Novak Djokovic has revealed he hopes his great rival Roger Federer can play at least one more match due to the Swiss’ importance to tennis. “I’m sure he doesn’t want to end his career this way,” Djokovic continued. “I think he’s gonna definitely try to give it a last push, a last try. I’m not sure what his injury is, and I know he’s been struggling with a knee for quite a few years. So yeah, let’s see.”