Roger Federer is seen practicing without any pain after undergoing two knee surgeries this year. He hopes to return to action at the Australian Open in January. “I’m gradually coming back but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a tournament when I am 100 percent fit”
The 39-year-old Swiss reached as far as the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year. However, he had to skip the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.
“I’m on the right track,” said the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion Federer to the German-language magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.
“I’m gradually coming back but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a tournament when I am 100 percent fit. At the moment, it looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January.”
Despite making significant progress in his recovery, Federer feels he is still far away when he can practice like normal as before.
Federer is currently ranked fourth in the world and he saw Rafa Nadal equal his Grand Slam haul with a 13th French Open title this month beating Djokovic.
“Not yet, more than two hours with the racket are not possible at the moment. But I’ve been working on my stamina and strength absolutely without pain for a while. There will be no further operations.”
Federer said that he has been thinking about ideas for about five years, but also added that long as he is having fun and it is right for all of them, he’ll keep going.