Roger Federer is practising pain-free after present process two knee surgical procedures this yr and says he expects to return to the circuit on the Australian Open in January.

The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park initially of the yr however missed the remainder of the season after present process a second arthroscopic process on his proper knee.

“I’m on the right track,” the 20 occasions Grand Slam singles champion instructed German-language journal 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% fit.

“At the moment, it looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January.”

While he has made important progress in his restoration he says he’s nonetheless not on the level the place he can practice as regular.

“Not yet, more than two hours with the racket are not possible at the moment,” stated Federer, who’s at the moment ranked fourth on the earth and noticed Rafa Nadal equal his Grand Slam haul with a 13th French Open title this month.

“But I’ve been working on my stamina and strength absolutely without pain for a while. There will be no further operations.”

Federer is commonly requested about his retirement plans however the Swiss stated he would preserve taking part in so long as he was having fun with it.

“I have been thinking about ideas for about five years,” he added. “But as long as I am having fun and it’s right for all of us, I’ll keep going.”

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