Roger Federer will know what the future holds for him by April-May | Tennis News
The 40-year-old winner of 20 Grand Slam titles has not played since a Wimbledon quarter-final at the hands of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in July last year before having to undergo knee surgery.
“I want to come back strong and give it my all,” the Swiss star said on Wednesday.
“To give you a little update. I have a few very interesting and important months ahead of me. I think I will know a lot more by April-May.
“The drive is still there. I’m motivated to do my job.”
Federer has only played 13 games in 2021. He also underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 despite only playing six times.
His absence saw the former world number one slip to 30th in the rankings.
“I’m back in the gym tomorrow. I’m working as hard as I can, so it’s always good times even if it’s a bit slow,” Federer told one of his sponsors, Credit Suisse, during the interview. a videoconference. .
“I would like to do a lot more, but the doctors and everyone are holding me back a bit.”
Federer also hailed his friend and rival Rafael Nadal who won a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last weekend.
“It was nice to see his emotions after such a hard-fought win,” he said of the 35-year-old Spaniard who has struggled with his own injury issues over the years.
“Rafa told me he didn’t feel good with his body – now he’s holding the Australian Open trophy. He’s a great example, a great role model.”
Federer’s 20th and final Grand Slam title was won at the 2018 Australian Open.