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The big hurdle plaguing Federer’s return: Courier

Former world No.1 Jim Courier admits Roger Federer could be forced to just “blast people off the court to prevent him from playing defence” if he’s unable to gain his movement back following multiple knee surgeries.

Federer late last year was forced to pull out of next month’s Australian Open, with his team revealing that a slower than expected recovery from knee surgery ultimately was too great a task to overcome.

It’s understood Federer, who will turn 40 in August, is aiming to make his comeback in the tournaments proceeding the Australian Open. The Swiss maestro hasn’t played in a Grand Slam match since his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park at the start of 2020.

When asked if whether Federer could once again take to the court, Courier said he had no doubts the 20-time Grand Slam winner could find his form again with the racquet.

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“It’s all going to come down to where his knee is at after having two surgeries on it last year,” Courier told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.

“Is his movement going to allow him the freedom to play the tennis that the loves and that he’s been so incredible at?

“I truly believe his racquet skills won’t go anywhere in spite of not playing a tournament since last year’s Australian Open.

“I think he’s looking to get back some time in the indoors or possibly in Dubai, not too far from now.

“He just wasn’t quite ready to go here in Australia.”

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However, Courier conceded if Federer’s movement is “limited” following his multiple knee operations, it could trouble the Swiss start on the defensive side, which would likely force a different playing style.

“It’s all going to boil down to his movement,” he added.

“If he can move, he will be able to play at a high level.

“If his movement is limited, he may have to go out blasting and try blast people off the court to prevent him from playing defence.

“I hope he will get a fair shot at playing. Let’s see if he can extend that great run that he’s on and make the semis and finals, and maybe even win another major.”

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