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Roger Federer braced to resume practising again as he plots Australian Open 2021 return

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Roger Federer has twice undergone surgery on his knee in 2020.

Roger Federer’s coach Severin Luthi says the Swiss star is primed to resume practise again next month after being forced to cut short his season due to a knee injury.

After surgery in February, Federer needed another operation in June after struggling with his rehabilitation.

The 38-year-old took the decision to end his 2020 season and give himself more time to fully recover.

And Luthi has revealed the 20-time Grand Slam champion is in better spirits and has already started working on his physical conditioning.

“Roger is fine. He’s very good, but that’s not surprising when you know how he always sees the positive side of things,” Luthi said at a press conference.

“He has resumed physical training with Pierre Paganini. The next step will be mid-August, he’ll start practicing again.”

Luthi also confirmed Federer’s sights were still set on returning to competitive action in the new year in Australia.

“We are sticking to what was decided. He’ll come back for the Australian Open 2021 if it takes place,” he added.

“However, we are considering whether to play a tournament just before Melbourne.”

Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA have announced the autumn swing in China will not take place after the government ruled no international sporting events can take place for the remainder of the year due to the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the ATP Tour, the Shanghai Masters, the China Open, the Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships will not be going ahead.

While on the WTA Tour, the impact is more significant with seven events cancelled.

“We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,” stated Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO.

“Unfortunately, this decision also includes the cancellation of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and as a result, the corresponding Porsche Race to Shenzhen.

“We do however respect the decision that has been made and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.

“We would like to acknowledge the significant efforts made by our tournaments in the region throughout this process along with the Chinese Tennis Association for their dedication and commitment to the WTA.

“We share in the disappointment of many around the world who were looking forward to this swing and appreciate all of the continued support from our fans, partners and the entire region, as we continue to navigate the remainder of the 2020 season.”

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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