Roger Federer admitted on Saturday that “things are moving slowly” in an effort to recover from the knee surgery.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one has not played since losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon almost a year ago.
He then underwent a third surgery on his knee when his world ranking dropped to 50, his lowest in 22 years.
Federer told Swiss broadcaster SRF that he “plays from time to time” with his four children, but that “things are moving slowly.”
He still wants to return to action at the Laver Cup in London at the end of September when he will already be celebrating his 41st birthday.
“I had surgery in late August and people ask me, ‘So, what does it look like?’ And every time I have to answer that it will take some more time, ”he said.
Federer says he is “currently concentrating on (his) physical condition, so there is no extra burden” and goes to the gym “five to six times a week”.
“I just have to be patient, I’m constantly improving.”
Following the Lover Cup from 23-25 September, Federer has already stated that he would like to play in Basel’s hometown tournament from 24-30 October.
Federer has won 103 trophies in his career, playing just 13 in 2021 and only six in 2020.
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