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'Too early to say whether Roger Federer will play 2021 clay season,' says coach

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It is too early to say whether Roger Federer will play the 2021 clay season, says coach Ivan Ljubicic.

Federer has usually skipped the red dirt in recent years, citing it as a requirement to sustain his longevity in the game.

The Swiss star is on the verge of returning from double knee-surgery, but some analysts have said regular tennis to recover his sharpness will be crucial if he is to be at his best at Wimbledon, which holds his best chance of adding to his Grand Slam haul next year.

However, Ljubicic believes it is too early for Federer to make any scheduling decisions.

“I certainly cannot say today what we will do in April," Ljubicic told

"I know we want to leave as soon as possible, play a great Australian Open and then evaluate step by step."

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Federer has been working towards a return at the Australian Open for some time now, and Ljubicic believes progress is going well.

“Roger Federer is in the recovery phase, I would say that things are going in the best possible way.

"He trains more and more and better, I'm curious to see how much we can push in the coming months.

"The program we had in mind to date has been fully respected. There is a lot of trust. Talking about programs is now premature."

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