Roger Federer gives fitness update as he admits ‘it will be tight’ to be fit for Australian Open

Roger Federer

He has made steady progress since undergoing a second knee operation, but Roger Federer admits he is in “a race against time” to be fit for the Australian Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner first underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee at the end of February and pencilled in the grass-court season as a possible return date. However, after a setback he was forced to undergo second operation and June.

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After initially revealing in October that he had returned to training and was targeting the 2021 Australian Open as his comeback event, Federer told local Swiss media on Sunday that he is no longer certain about his return date.

“I would have hoped that I would be 100% in October. But I am still not today. It will be tight for the Australian Open,” he said.

“The second knee operation was a huge damper, but in the last six months there has been steady progress.

“Let’s see how the next two months will unfold. I’ve been doing a lot of physio and physical work lately, now let’s see how tennis is doing.”

The 2021 Australian Open start date is set to be pushed back to 8 February from its original 18 January slot due to the coronavirus pandemic and the 39-year-old admits the extra time off would be good for him.

“It’s a race against time for the Australian Open. I’m curious to see whether it will start on February 8,” he added.

“Of course, it would help if I had a bit more time.”

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