Roger Federer is ‘not stressed’ over his injury comeback and still plans on returning at the Australian Open, according to his coach.
Federer last played a competitive match at this year’s Australian Open – a semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.
He later played an exhibition against Rafael Nadal in South Africa, but then underwent double knee surgery, putting him out of action for the rest of the year.
His team have so far been deliberately vague about Federer’s recovery, but it appears that January 2021 remains in their sights.
“The longer we wait, the more we know,” Luthi told Swiss newspaper Blick.
“If something is going on in Australia [in January], Roger will be there – that’s the plan.
“So far, everything has been going according to plan and satisfactorily.
“Roger is not stressed yet. Tennis is only gradually becoming more important. It is important that the trainers communicate well with one another.”
“Roger is back on the court every now and then. But the first phase of the tournament is still a long way off.
“Our motto is: Don’t rush things at his age!”
Despite Roger Federer missing almost all of 2020, his rankings points have been protected by the two-year cycle brought about by the coronavirus crisis.
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