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Roger Federer reflects on Novak Djokovic’s ‘exceptional year’

In New York this month, Djokovic was bidding to grow to be the primary man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all 4 main tournaments in the identical calendar 12 months, however lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Federer, who’s recovering from knee surgical procedure having final performed at Wimbledon in July, added that he thinks attaining a calendar grand slam remains to be a chance within the males’s sport.

“I feel it’s doable that it should occur once more,” he instructed Eurosport.

“We noticed it with Novak, myself and Rafa (Nadal) that we come extraordinarily shut, however simply doing it, I feel you want a little bit of luck, you want perseverance, energy, you want all the pieces.

“That’s why I feel it should be onerous but it surely’s doable … What Novak did this 12 months was, after all, really distinctive.”

Federer has received three main titles in the identical 12 months on three events — 2004, 2006 and 2007 — whereas Nadal did so in 2010, however neither participant has had the chance to finish a calendar grand slam on the US Open like Djokovic did this 12 months.

All three gamers are tied on 20 grand slam titles every, probably the most in males’s tennis historical past.

‘No setbacks’ amid harm restoration

Federer, who turned 40 earlier this 12 months however has remained noncommittal about his retirement plans, missed the Tokyo Olympics and US Open by way of harm and announced in August that knee surgical procedure would sideline him for “many months.”

However, he stated that he is “recovering properly” from the surgical procedure and is within the strategy of present process rehab.

“I’ve had no setbacks, every single day’s a greater day, I’m feeling sturdy and excited for what’s to come back,” Federer stated.

Federer last played in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz.

“I skilled it, after all, already a bit of bit final 12 months, and I used to be really stunned how considerably simple it was for me to undergo the rehab course of as a result of I do know it is not all people’s favourite factor to do, particularly as a high athlete.

“But I feel possibly, in any case these years of touring, it was additionally good to be residence, having extra time for the household and different issues.

“Of course, I want I may very well be again on a tennis court docket as fast as doable, however I’ve to be affected person. Look, it is a slower interval proper now. I’ve received to take it step-by-step and to this point so good, so I’m very joyful.”

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