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'Back to work!' - Roger Federer posts tantalising fitness update as comeback gathers pace

Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Roger Federer offered a tantalising glimpse into his rapidly-progressing recovery as he shared a picture of him in practice following months out injured.

The 39-year-old started 2020 at the Australian Open, reaching the semi-finals before Novak Djokovic and a groin injury halted his progress.

That, though, was the only competitive tennis he has played all year, with the rest of the season wiped out by a knee injury unrelated to the one he sustained in Melbourne.

In February following his exhibition event with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, Federer announced he had undergone knee surgery for a long-standing complaint.

As the coronavirus crisis ground tennis to a halt over the summer, it was revealed the Swiss star had undergone a second operation due to a complication arising from the first.

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He, though, is back on the practice court in Switzerland and, in his own words, 'back to work,' and it couldn't be more welcome.

Federer's targeted return date remains the Australian Open, although he is likely to head to Dubai over the winter as usual if coronavirus restrictions allow.

One minor blow to Federer, though, has been dropping to number five in the new world rankings after Daniil Medvedev's run to the semi-finals at the Paris Masters.

Although that is much better than the 100 or so he would have been without the temporary rankings system this year, it does mean he will be seeded outside the top four at the Australian Open, leaving him open to a potential quarterfinal clash with Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

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