20-time Major Roger Federer trained on the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights tennis court on Wednesday. Roger arrived in Dubai with his family and coach Ivan Ljubicic a couple of days ago, working hard on his game and giving his all to recover from his injury in time for the Australian Open.
A couple of weeks ago, Federer earned himself a remarkable award, recognized as the most accomplished Swiss athlete of the past seven decades! Roger said he has not yet fully recovered during the ceremony speech, questioning participation in the Australian Open.
Federer will put his game to the test in Dubai and do his best to travel and compete in Melbourne in February, although he realizes it would be hard to think of a notable result after such a long hiatus. The 39-year-old plans to get back in shape by the summer, setting his sights on Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open as his main goals in the upcoming season.
Roger endured the shortest season of his career, playing only one tournament and undergoing two knee surgeries in February and May. Not wanting to rush anything, the Swiss returned to the pitch once he thought he was ready in October, embracing short runs and increasing the training pace for significant weekly improvements.
Roger Federer took to the court at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights tennis court.
Federer will try to repeat what he did in 2017, skipping the second half of the previous season and returning to his best to claim the first Major titles since 2012!
Roger won four ATP titles in 2019 to finish in the top 3 behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, opening the 2020 season with his 21st Australian Open campaign. In the third round, Federer had to work hard against home star John Millman, overcoming an 8-4 deficit in the game’s decisive tiebreak to stay in contention.
Struggling with a groin injury, Federer defended seven match points against Tennys Sandgren in the fourth set of the quarter-finals, winning in five sets but losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals! That turned out to be Roger’s last game of the season, as he failed to recover from his second knee surgery in May, deciding to skip the rest of the year and focus on 2021.
Federer will kick off the new year from the top-5 after keeping the points from the previous season, giving his all to prepare for the first Major of the season which starts on February 8th.
My son just got caught@Roger Federerpracticing at the tennis courts of Hayat Creek, Dubai.