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Roger Federer didn’t recover as quickly as expected, reveals coach Severin Luthi

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It has been more than a decade now since Roger Federer lifted his lone French Open title on the terre battue of Roland Garros. However, this year the Swiss great did not have plans of returning to the claycourt Slam as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the month of February.

 

On the 11th anniversary of Federer’s epic run in Paris, his long-time coach Severin Luthi went on air with Swiss SRF TV and spoke at length about the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Most pertinently, however, Luthi revealed that Federer’s knee is not recovering at the pace they expected.

Roger Federer and his knee troubles
After a semifinal finish at the 2020 Australian Open, where Federer went down in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, the 38-year-old decided to make some tough calls. Soon after, in February, Federer announced that he had had knee surgery and would be taking a four-month break; the plan was to return during his favorite grasscourt season.

However, Luthi has now said that Federer’s progress with his recovery has been going slower than usual. And that is the reason why the Swiss Maestro hasn’t yet confirmed his presence in any of the upcoming exhibition tournaments.
‘This could be my biggest victory’ – Roger Federer after winning French Open in 2009

“Roger Federer did not recover as fast as we expected…There were two weeks where his progress was slower, it was a little complicated, but now everything has accelerated,” explained Severin Luthi in an interview with Swiss SRF TV.

The sudden lockdown and its strict restrictions have caused a delay in the recovery plan for Federer, according to his coach. However, Luthi expressed a shade of optimism about the whole thing, saying that with the ATP tour still suspended there is no Federer to hurry.

In fact, Luthi feels that tennis will make a comeback in September, by which time the Swiss will be ready to compete again.

Roger-Federer-2012

“I believe that we can see some action again from that month,” Luthi said. “We are hoping for that.”

‘This could be my biggest victory’ – Roger Federer after winning French Open in 2009
The French Open had long eluded Roger Federer but on 7 June 2009 he created history by defeating Robin Soderling (6-1, 7-6, 6-4) in the final at Roland Garros. The win helped the Swiss achieve his long-held dream of completing the Career Grand Slam, and was widely regarded by observers as the cementing of his ‘GOAT’ status.
roger and coach

“This could be my biggest victory, the one that takes off the most pressure…Now for the rest of my career, I can play relaxed and never hear again that I never won the French Open,” Federer had gushed after the win.

In the interview with Swiss TV, Luthi recalled how Federer had felt lucky about making it to the final, after narrowly escaping defeat against Tommy Haas in the fourth round. The French Open win remains one of the most significant victories in Federer’s career till date, and Luthi spoke extensively about it.

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Wike signs Executive Order proscribing IPOB in Rivers

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities in the State.

He made this known in a statement by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor.

Ebiri stated that the governor, in a broadcast on Wednesday night in Port Harcourt, maintained that Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities.

He said that the government acknowledges and appreciates the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social and economic development of the State.

According to the statement, the State Government will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace, endanger lives and property under any guise.

It stated “the State government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State.

“And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.

“But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed IPOB and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State,” the governor warned.

This is clearly a terrorist group which existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South-Eastern States of the country.

“I have, therefore, signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety,’’ he said.

The statement also added that Wike also “directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community following the executive order and other legal instruments’’.

The governor also announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1; Mile 2; Iloabuchi; Emenike; and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

He, however, said that the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area will remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare parts market will remain closed until further notice

In the quest to restore sanity and enhance free traffic flow in roads in the State, the governor said he will constitute a task force to enforce the ban on illegal street trading and the emergence of motor parks along public roads.

He also stated that, in the interim, he has approved the ban on the operations of tricycles, also known as `Keke NAPEP’, on all major roads in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

The major roads are Aggrey road; Dame Patience Jonathan road; Eastern Bypass road; Ikwerre road; Aba road; Agip road; Ada George road; Olu Obasanjo road; Rumuokwuta – Rumuola road; and Rumuepirikom – Rumuolumeni (leading to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education) road.

Others are: Rumuokwuta – Choba road; Chief G.U. Eke road; Peter Odili road; Ken Saro-Wiwa road; Nkpogu road; Trans-Amadi road; Elekahia – Rumuomasi road; Yakubu Gowon road; and Woji – Elelenwo road.

Wike also directed the State Civil Service Commission to take immediate steps to employ 5,000 youths into teaching and other career positions in the State’s Civil Service.

He said such steps should be taken as an immediate measure to reduce the level of youth unemployment.

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