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Federer strives to attend the Australian Open

Roger Federer aims to attend the 2022 Australian Open, after finishing the 2021 season early for his third knee surgery.

According to tennis expert Darren Cahill, who has a close relationship with tennis stars, Roger Federer has been training continuously in recent weeks to prepare for the Australian Open.

Federer has only been absent from the Australian Open once since 1999. Photo: ATP

Federer has only been absent from the Australian Open once since 1999. Photo: ATP

“The Australian Open could see great stories, including Roger Federer,” Cahill told the sports site Sportsday on 8/11. “I know Roger is working a lot with his team. We’re pretty sure Roger will be at the Australian Open. At the age of 40, what Roger is doing is remarkable. Of course, he’s aiming for the position. 21st Grand Slam champion”.

Federer has not played since losing to Hubert Hurkacz 0-3 in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon on 7/7. He then dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics in the same North American hard court season for his third knee surgery in 18 months. At the end of September, the Swiss legend on crutches came to watch the Laver Cup event he co-founded.

In an interview with Swiss media last month, Federer said the worst was over after he had successful surgery. The 20 Grand Slam owner is practicing rehabilitation, step by step back on the court. Federer has only played 13 matches this season, not reaching any semi-finals.

The 2018 Australian Open is the last Grand Slam won by Federer. He was crowned six times in Melbourne, including twice in a row in 2006-2007 and 2017-2018. Last year, “Express Train” entered the semi-finals, losing 0-3 to Novak Djokovic.

Federer is absent for four of the last six Grand Slams. During that time, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both added titles to equal Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams. In March, Federer’s record of 310 weeks at world number one was also surpassed by Djokovic. Federer also holds the record of six ATP Finals titles, with Djokovic being the number one seed next week.

Nhan Dat (follow Tennis365)

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