Roger Federer has revealed he is on course to return to action at the Australian Open in January as he continues to recover from knee surgery. The Swiss star has been ruled out since March but he is fighting to get back on the court.
During Federer’s absence from the tour, Rafael Nadal has tied level with the 39-year-old’s 20 Grand Slam titles.
Federer is desperate to return to action and is hopeful it will happen in the new year.
“I’m on the right track,” he told Schweizer Illustriete.
“I’m gradually coming back, but don’t put any pressure on myself and take my time.
“I will only intervene in the tournament when I am one hundred percent fit.
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“It currently looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January.”
Federer has spent minimal time on the court and he continues his rehab in the gym.
“Not more than two hours with the racket at the moment,” he explained. “But I’ve been doing strength and conditioning with absolutely no pain.”
Meanwhile, Serena Williams is also expected to make her return from injury in Melbourne after she pulled out of the French Open last month.
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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley fully believes the two tennis heavyweights to be at his event.
“Roger this morning just confirmed publicly that he’ll be here,” he told Channel Nine’s Wide World Of Sports.
“Serena Williams will be here, obviously trying to get Margaret Court’s record.
“We’re excited about the players that will be here and about what we’ll put on.”
Next season could well be Federer’s final one on the ATP tour and he is already considering his retirement options.
“I have been thinking about these ideas for about five years,” he said.
“But as long as I have fun and it’s right for all of us, I’ll keep going. After that, I will focus on my family, my foundation and my sponsors.
“I am very interested in business ideas and entrepreneurship. But I definitely don’t want to plan everything now.”
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