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Roger Federer: 'I am on the right path - I have been training painlessly for a while now'

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Roger Federer says he is stepping up his recovery from injury after declaring himself pain free following double knee surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been out of action since February after succumbing to a knee injury, but at an event for one of his commercial partners he gave fans an encouraging update.

"I'm on the right path," Roger Federer told Jura.

"I'm gradually coming back but without putting any pressure on myself and taking my time.

"I will enter the tournaments only when I'm 100% fit. It currently looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January.

"I can't train for more than two hours with the racquet at the moment, but I have been working on my stamina and strength painlessly for a while. There will be no further surgeries."

While Roger Federer himself is unwilling to set a date for his comeback, his team has maintained that the Australian Open is the target.

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“The longer we wait, the more we know,” Severin Luthi told Swiss newspaper Blick earlier this month.

“If something is going on in Australia [in January], Roger will be there – that’s the plan.

“So far, everything has been going according to plan and satisfactorily.

“Roger is not stressed yet. Tennis is only gradually becoming more important. It is important that the trainers communicate well with one another.”

“Roger is back on the court every now and then. But the first phase of the tournament is still a long way off.

“Our motto is: Don’t rush things at his age!”

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