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Roger Federer displays on Novak Djokovic’s ‘distinctive yr’ and says calendar grand slam ‘is feasible’

In New York this month, Djokovic was bidding to develop into the primary man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all 4 main tournaments in the identical calendar yr, however misplaced to Daniil Medvedev within the last.

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

“I feel it’s potential that it should occur once more,” he informed 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, power, you want every part.

“That is why I feel it should be onerous however it’s potential … What Novak did this yr was, after all, actually distinctive.”

Federer has received three main titles in the identical yr 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 yr.

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

‘No setbacks’ amid damage restoration

Federer, who turned 40 earlier this yr however has remained noncommittal about his retirement plans, missed the Tokyo Olympics and US Open via damage and introduced in August that knee surgical procedure would sideline him for “many months.”

Nevertheless, he mentioned that he is “recovering nicely” from the surgical procedure and is within the strategy of present process rehab.

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“I’ve had no setbacks, each day’s a greater day, I am feeling sturdy and excited for what’s to come back,” Federer mentioned.

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

“I skilled it, after all, already a bit bit final yr, and I used to be really stunned how considerably straightforward it was for me to undergo the rehab course of as a result of I do know it isn’t all people’s favourite factor to do, particularly as a prime athlete.

“However I feel perhaps, in spite of everything these years of touring, it was additionally good to be residence, having extra time for the household and different issues.

“After all, I want I could possibly be again on a tennis court docket as fast as potential, however I’ve to be affected person. Look, it is a slower interval proper now. I’ve obtained to take it step-by-step and thus far so good, so I am very comfortable.”

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