As the Australian Open progresses without Roger Federer, the Swiss returned to training in Dubai

As the Australian Open progresses without Roger Federer, the Swiss returned to training in Dubai

The former world number 1, who has not performed since last July and is recovering from a right knee injury, began training in Dubai

For iProfesional

19/01/2022 – 19,25hs

Since Monday, the Australian Open is running. However, this year the first Grand Slam of the season presents two very important absences in the men’s singles draw: the Serbian and number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, on the one hand, and the Swiss Roger Federer, for the other.

The reasons they are very different. While the Balkan was deported after his entry visa to Melbourne was rejected for not being vaccinated against Covid-19, Federer has been away from the courts since last July due to problems with his right knee.

The Australian Open started this Monday

However, as the action progresses on the cement of Melbourne Park, it was learned that Federer, six-time winner of the Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018), started training in Dubai, one of the cities where he usually resides to escape the Swiss cold at this time of year.

According to Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), the 20-time Grand Slam champion was practicing last week in Dubai and “he is waiting to see with his team if he can finally start playing practice sets”.

In November of last year, in a report with the Tribune de Genève newspaper, the Helvetian had declared: “According to the doctors, I will be able to run quietly again in January and, therefore, I will slowly return to a court (…) Then, the I return to a tennis training, so with the steps followed and complex supports, it will be in March or April. Then it will be necessary to rebuild all the physical condition specific to the complexity of tennis and the intensity of the highest level.”

Federer, who will turn 41 next August, would have already returned to Switzerland to see his doctor, Roland Biedert, a man of his utmost confidence (and also of Stan Wawrinka). In addition, his physical work is closely followed by Pierre Paganini, the person responsible for the fact that the Swiss has enjoyed a body in harmony for almost his entire career.

Federer has been away from the courts since last July due to problems with his right knee.

In 2020, during the first stage of the pandemic, Federer underwent two surgeries on his right knee, returned to compete in March 2021 at the Doha ATP and played his last match on July 7, at Wimbledon. In the Center Court of the All England he fell in the quarterfinals against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0. His farewell was melancholic, with the feeling that it could have been his last time there in activity. Then, on August 15, he announced that he had to enter an operating room again due to knee damage (injury to the right medial meniscus) and that he would be “on crutches” for a while. Since then, he is involved in a lengthy rehab.

“The truth is that I would be very surprised to play Wimbledon”said the former world number 1 last November. The evolution of your knee will mark how the stages of recovery continue. Meanwhile, the Australian Open progresses and its magnetic absence is suffered in Melbourne Park.