Photo taken in the small hours of Jan. 25, 2020, shows Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrating after beating John Millman of Australia in the third round of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Roger Federer’s long-awaited return to tennis could be extended even further, with the latest news that the Swiss maestro may miss the Australian Open. Federer’s last competitive match stretched all the way back to January and he has not played since, following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The Swiss had been on course to return for Wimbledon only for it to be cancelled due to the pandemic. However, a further setback followed. During the course of rehabilitation, Federer required another operation, ruling him out for even longer:

“I would have hoped that I would be 100% in October. But I am still not today. Let’s see how the next two months will unfold.

The second knee operation was a huge dampener, but in the last six months there has been steady progress.

Let’s see how the next two months will unfold. I’ve been doing a lot of physio and physical work lately, now let’s see how tennis is doing.

“It will be tight for the Australian Open.”

With the Australian Open set to be delayed to potentially February, there is plenty of time for Federer to make the cut. With fans continuing to wait, the return of the Swiss legend promises to be one worth waiting for.

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