The croatian Ivan Ljubicic admitted that it will be very difficult for his protégé and champion of twenty great Roger Federer to reach the first big event of the year, the Australian Open, in Melbourne Park, as a result of the third surgery he underwent in 18 months .
“We will see him in action again next year but I don’t know exactly when. He is undergoing rehabilitation. He is recovering slowly and is in no hurry, ”said the Croatian in an interview with Sky.
The 40-year-old Swiss could miss the Australian Open for the second year in a row and the wishes of the ‘major aussie’ organization to reunite the three great contenders to become the most successful tennis player of all time would not be fulfilled. after the Serbian Novak Djokovic equaled in the past Wimbledon the mark of the Swiss and the Spanish Rafael Nadal with twenty grand.
The presence of the Belgrade player, who continues to not reveal whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, is also unknown after some political authorities in the state of Victoria (Australia) explained that without vaccination entry into the country is not guaranteed.
The best positioned of the ‘Big 3’ to play the first Grand Slam of the season is Nadal after he announced that his recovery plans have fulfilled the steps set and that therefore he plans to play the exhibition tournament at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi to prepare for the Australian tour.
The Spaniard has remained out of the competition since his defeat in Washington in early August against South African Lloyd Harris as a result of his chronic injury to the scaphoid in his left foot.