The world No.4 hasn’t played a competitive match since his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open back in January. it had been shortly then loss when Swiss maestro confirmed that he would be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee for the second time in his career. A minimally invasive procedure on a joint during which an examination and sometimes treatment of injury is conducted.
With COVID-19 bringing everything to a standstill, Federer is yet to check out his body post-surgery. However, one among his coaches has admitted that the initial recovery period didn’t go as planned for the 38-year-old. Severin Luthi, who has been a member of Federer’s team for quite a decade, said the healing process has taken longer than expected without elaborating further on why this has been the case.
“Roger Federer didn't recover as fast as we expected…There were fortnight where his progress was slower, it had been a touch complicated, but now everything has accelerated,” Luthi told SRF TV.
Luthi’s comments mirror what Federer had previously said during an Instagram Live chat with fellow rival Rafael Nadal back in April. At the time the previous world No.1 said his recovery began to slow six weeks into his rehabilitation. Federer had also previously undergone knee surgery back in 2016 to treat a torn meniscus.
“I had a very good first six weeks then it (the recovery) was getting a touch slower,” he explained. “Now it's recuperating again but I even have many time so there's no stress or rush.”
As tennis officials check out when to restart the Tour, it's unclear on what Federer’s plans are going to be for the remainder of the season with there potentially being two more grand slams to play at the US Open and French Open. During a video chat with former player Gustavo Kuerten last month he said that he wasn't training because he ‘didn’t see a reason to’ at the time thanks to the Tour suspension. Federer has also previously voiced concerns about the likelihood of playing at the US Open behind closed doors. Saying he would find is ‘difficult’ to play without fans.
Despite the uncertainty, Luthi is hoping to be back on the Tour at some point before the year concludes. it's believed that player’s will have a far better idea about what the remaining 2020 calendar will appear as if within subsequent seven days. On Wednesday the ATP will host a zoom call with its players to debate their plans.
“I believe that we will see some action again from that month (September),” he said. “We hope for that.”
Federer has won 103 ATP titles and spent a complete of 310 weeks as world No.1 thus far in his career.
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Coach Severin Luthi: Roger Federer's recovery didn't go as quick as imagined
Coach Severin Luthi has revealed that Roger Federer's recovery hasn't gone as quick as they hoped it would. Federer, ranked at No. 4 in the world, skipped the inaugural ATP Cup and didn't play any events as a warm up for the Australian Open.
The 38-year-old wanted to arrive to Melbourne Park fresh and he made the semifinal, where he was handed a straight-set defeat by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after being hampered by a groin issue. A week later, the Swiss clashed against his old rival Rafael Nadal in The Match for Africa.
Shortly clashing against Nadal in Cape Town, Federer announced that he had undergone an arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his damaged knee. The season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension will last until at least early-August.
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