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'I want Juan Martin del Potro to return, but he has to be intelligent about comeback,' says Roger Federer

Juan Martin del Potro at French Open

Roger Federer has sent his support to Juan Martin del Potro, telling the Argentinian he wants him back on the ATP Tour.

Del Potro has perhaps been the most unlucky player in recent memory when it comes to injury.

First wrist injuries robbed him of the incredible forehand that powered him to a US Open title when he was just 21-years-old.

Recently, though, it has been a persistent knee injury that has kept him out for nearly two years now.

However, he seemed positive of his chances of a comeback this week, declaring 2021 'his year' and saying he hopes to play the Olympics in Tokyo.

And Federer, who has just returned from knee surgery himself, says just a little more patience could be key for Del Potro.

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“I’m happy he said that," Federer told reporters in Doha.

“I hope he finds this better sooner rather than later. But if it takes him another month, two, three months, how long does it take him, I want him to return and be in good health forever.

“I know it will take a while, because everything he went through is bigger than what I went through.

"He has to be very intelligent about his return to the circuit, when he does it and how he does it.”

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