LAUSANNE: Roger Federer admitted on Saturday (July 11) that ‘things are moving slowly’ in his attempt to recover from knee surgery.
The 20-time Grand Slam title winner and former world number one has not played since a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon almost a year ago.
He then underwent a third knee operation while his world rankings have fallen to 50, the lowest in 22 years.
Federer told Swiss broadcaster SRF that he “plays from time to time” with his four children, but “it’s progressing slowly”.
At the Laver Cup in London he wants to return to the game at the end of September, when he will already be celebrating his 41st birthday.
“I had the surgery at the end of August and people ask me, ‘So how is it?’ And every time I have to answer that it’s going to take a little bit longer,” he said.
Federer said he’s “currently concentrating on (his) physical condition so that it doesn’t overload” and goes to the gym “five to six times a week”.
“I just have to be patient, I’m making progress all the time.”
After the Laver Cup on September 23-25, Federer has already announced that he will play in his hometown of Basel from October 24-30.
Federer, the winner of 103 trophies throughout his career, only made 13 appearances in 2021 and just six in 2020.
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