Roger Federer says he is ‘hopeful’ of comeback, adding: ‘I’ve come a long way’

Roger Federer ‘definitely’ wants to return to playing an active role on the ATP Tour, but he says that will almost certainly have to wait until next year.

Federer has undergone three operations on his knee since February 2020, and had a failed comeback bid last summer.

However, despite being 41-years-old in August, Federer says he is still not finished with tennis, and has two events pencilled in this year.

Those events are the Laver Cup and Basel, two tournaments that are very close to his heart.

While that may look like a mini farewell tour, he says the plan remains to return to tennis much more regularly in 2023 – as long as his knee allows him to.

“I haven’t planned more than the Laver Cup and Basel yet,” Federer told tagesanzeiger.ch.

“After Basel, the season is over anyway. It’s important for me to get fit again so that I can train fully. Once I’ve done that I can choose how many tournaments I play and where.

“The Laver Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five matches in six days.

“I will have be able to do that in Basel. That’s why I have to prepare for it in practice. I’m curious myself what’s still to come.

“But I’m hopeful, I’ve come a long way. I’m not far away. The next three or four months will be extremely important.”

Asked if he still plans on making it back onto the ATP Tour, Federer replied: “Yes, definitely.

“How and where, I don’t know yet. But that would be the idea. Definitely.”

Roger Federer has not played a match since Wimbledon last year, when he lost in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.

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