Roger Federer’s Australian Open chances rated ahead of 2021 injury return – EXCLUSIVE

Roger Federer will be focused largely on Wimbledon of the 2021 Grand Slams because he has only a slim chance of winning the Australian Open after his return from injury next year. That’s the verdict of Greg Rusedski.

The 39-year-old has not played competitively on the ATP Tour since his Melbourne defeat to Novak Djokovic earlier this year.

He has had two knee surgeries since then and the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who has been joined on a record 20 by long-time rival Rafael Nadal, is still rehabilitating.

Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic said in early November: “He is in the recovery phase and I would say that things are going in the best way.

“He trains more and more and better and better, I’m curious to see how much he will be able to push in the coming months. There is a lot of confidence.”

But former British No 1 and current Amazon Prime pundit Rusedski does not rate Federer’s chances of adding to his Grand Slam haul in Australia in February.

Federer is a six-time winner of the calendar’s first major with only Djokovic – eight – beating his tally and the Swiss icon won the tournament in 2017 after his last lengthy spell out post-surgery.

But Rusedski believes it is Wimbledon, the Slam not held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, where Federer’s best chance of a 21st Slam will come.

In an exclusive interview, he told Express Sport: “Federer you think has got one more year left, possibly two but realistically one more year, and his focus is going to be Wimbledon and the Olympics, those will be his two priorities.

“I don’t think he’s got a shot to win the Australian Open or the French, those will be big asks for him. He can still have good runs there but won’t win them.

“Wimbledon, that’s where he’s aiming at. He’s won eight titles there. The points against Novak, that must be the most heartbreaking loss of his career.

“[If he wins that] All of a sudden that takes him to 21 and leaves Djokovic right now at 16 and he’s still ahead in the race over Nadal.

“One match or one point can make such a big difference to somebody’s career – trust me I know about these things!”

Speaking recently, Federer made it clear retirement is not on the horizon just yet as he looks to end his stellar career in style.

“I’m definitely not retiring now,” he said. “I trained last week, I should be on the court at the beginning of January.

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“I am still fighting for my return, I want to be on the court, I would like to play with the legends of the game, with the best players.

“I feel that there is little left in me. I am doing well, it is a long process – not daily, but weekly.”

The Swiss icon also opened up on his plans to help ensure he returns to the court in peak form.

Asked where he will celebrate Christmas this year, he said: “We’ll be back in Dubai then. We’ve only celebrated here [in Switzerland] since we had children.

“That was very nice, but also cumbersome, and from here the way to Australia is even longer.

“I really have to fully test my knee on the tennis court, with the hope that maybe I’ll have enough at the Australian Open.

“Training indoors in the cold is not exactly ideal. But we’re just at home wherever the family is.”

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