‘We’re pretty sure Roger Federer is going to come down to play the Australian Open,’ says top tennis analyst

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Roger Federer is “doing a lot of work on the court” and respected analyst Darren Cahill is convinced the 20-time Grand Slam winner will play at next year’s Australian Open.

Following double knee surgery in 2020, Federer missed this year’s Australian Open and only returned to action in March. However, he only played in five tournaments before calling an early end to his campaign to undergo another operation on his knee.

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The former world No 1, though, has indicated that he hopes to return to action in 2022 and ESPN analyst and tennis coach Cahill believes he will feature at the season-opening Grand Slam at Melbourne Park.

“There’s so many great stories coming into the Australian Open,” he told Sportsday.

“Roger [Federer] is apparently playing, I know he’s doing a lot of work on the court at the moment and we’re pretty sure he’s going to come down to play the Australian Open.

“At 40 years of age, the fact that he’s even doing what he’s doing is quite remarkable. He’s trying to get 21 (major titles).”