Roger Federer mentioned his damage comeback was not but in sight however insisted he was over the worst because the 40-year-old tennis nice targets a return to the courts.
Federer had been out for greater than a 12 months with two surgical procedures on his proper knee earlier than getting again onto the tour this 12 months.
However he performed solely 13 matches, and underwent a third operation following his quarterfinal defeat at Wimbledon in July.
“I’m doing very nicely; the rehab is progressing step-by-step,” the Swiss star mentioned at an occasion in Zurich with sponsors Mercedes-Benz.
“The worst is behind me. I’m trying ahead to every part that occurs to me to come back.
“While you come again from an damage, on daily basis is a greater day. So it’s an thrilling time.”
He mentioned that given every part he had been by way of along with his troublesome knee, coping with the scenario was “not a psychological drawback in any respect”.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, now ranked ninth on this planet, mentioned he sees returning to the skilled tour as a “problem”.
Federer added he hoped to get again to health coaching and hitting balls on the tennis courtroom as quickly as doable, however accepted that “that also takes a little bit endurance”.
He withdrew from this year’s French Open after reaching the fourth spherical and bowed out at Wimbledon with a tame 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Federer was the chief instigator of the Laver Cup, an annual crew match between six high gamers from Europe and 6 from the remainder of the world, which is now in its fourth version.
The 2021 occasion is being held from Friday to Sunday in Boston, however with out Federer, who shall be watching from a distance.
“That hurts me rather a lot,” he mentioned.
“I knew that sooner or later I wouldn’t have the ability to be there, however I didn’t assume it could be this 12 months.”
Federer mentioned he was already trying ahead to 2022, when the match shall be staged within the British capital.
“Considered one of my objectives is to essentially get myself into it once more to come back again and hopefully play in locations just like the O2 Area in London,” he mentioned.
Crew Europe gained the Prague 2017, Chicago 2018 and Geneva 2019 editions of the Laver Cup, whereas final 12 months’s match fell sufferer to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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