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Coach Severin Luthi: Roger Federer’s recovery didn’t go as quick as imagined

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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.

Coach Luthi thinks tennis could potentially return in September.

After undergoing an arthroscopic knee surgery, Federer was ruled out for the clay season but he was expected to be ready for the grass season.

“My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” Federer announced on Twitter in February. “I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.

After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. “As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.

I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!” In 2016, Federer had his first big surgery as he underwent a season-ending knee surgery after Wimbledon.

There were doubts how would Federer play after the surgery but undergoing a knee surgery proved to be one of the best decision the Swiss had ever made. Roger Federer has since won two Grand Slam titles and prolonged his career and he certainly hopes the latest surgery will help him in his bid to achieve more success.

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic

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Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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