According to the former Swiss Davis Cup captain and friend of Roger Federer Marc Rosset, the man with the 20 Grand Slams, forfeited for the Australian Open, could return to competition in early March, on the occasion of the Rotterdam tournament .
Package for the Australian Open, which will take place this year in February, Roger Federer has not yet recovered from his double knee surgery, and will therefore have gone at least a year without playing in competition. His friend and former Swiss Davis Cup captain, Marc Rosset, returned to the announcement of this package in the columns of the Swiss newspaper The morning, admitting his disappointment, but acknowledging that it was better not to take risks.
” I’m disappointed. Like everyone else, I was looking forward to getting up in the morning and watching a Federer match under the Australian sun. It became one of our rituals at the start of the year. I am sad for him but not at all surprised. Rodge had said that the second operation had been a halt, that he was behind schedule. Nadal and him always tell the truth, just listen to them. At 39, he probably needs more time to be reassured. I can imagine he wants to be 100% sure that it won’t let up. Rodge is someone who takes a lot of precautions, he doesn’t play with his body. In his twenty-year career, he has done everything to avoid the slightest anti-inflammatory. “
“Rodge will ultimately only be one or two tournaments late”
Rosset does not want to worry about the rest of Federer’s season, whose two main goals will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics: ” We are coming out of a strange year, with very few tournaments and to which will be added a mini ATP Cup and an Australian Open. At the start of the 2021 season, Rodge will therefore only be one or two tournaments behind the others. On the other hand, the guys will come out of two months of preparation. So the real question is simple: does his body allow him to train hard? In my opinion, the only unknown is at the level of his knee. Because when it comes to the game, the choices, I don’t worry. It’s like riding a bicycle.”
As for the date of return to the courts of the legendary Swiss player, Marc Rosset can well imagine the first week of March: “ I can see him coming back to Rotterdam (ATP has not yet unveiled its schedule beyond the Australian Open, note). It was there that he went to seek the place of world No. 1 in 2018, there are good memories. »Two more months of patience for the Swiss fans at the 20 Grand Slam tournaments…
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