A long-time Swiss tennis insider is convinced that Roger Federer’s return to the courts could easily come at the rescheduled Rotterdam ATP 500, now set for the first week of March.

1992 Olympic gold medalist Marc Rosset, now a Swiss TV commentator, made his prediction on a comeback date for the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

Federer this week withdrew from the Australian Open due to slower-then-expected progress in his rehab from a pair of knee procedures in 2020.

“I can see him coming back in Rotterdam”, Rosset told 20min.ch. “That is where he went to seek No. 1 ranking in 2018, he has good memories there.

“I’m sad for him but not at all surprised (at the Open withdrawal).

“At 39, he probably needs more time to be reassured. I can imagine he wants to be 100 per cent. 

“He is someone who takes a lot of precautions, he doesn’t play with his body. In a 24-year career he’s done everything to avoid injury.”

In addition to his 2018 title, Federer also won the indoor event in 2005 and 2012.

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