“Rafa Nadal told me that he had not felt good about his body…”

Roger Federer says he will know in April or May when he will be able to return to action after a third knee operation that forced him to miss the second part of last season.

The former world number one, 40, who underwent two knee operations in 2020, He has not played since he was eliminated in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year.

“I think I have some very interesting and important months ahead of me,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said Wednesday during an interview with Credit Suisse.one of his sponsors.

“Until now I haven’t been allowed to run or do heavy jump work, so hopefully I can start again.” in a couple of weeks and we’ll see how my body reacts.” Despite the uncertainty about his future, Federer said he is still hungry for success.

“I think that question can be better answered in April or May but, for now, the desire is there. I am very motivated to do my job when I am allowed. We’re doing well on the deadlines, even if they’re slow.”

Federer also praised his great rival and friend Rafa Nadalwho surpassed him and Novak Djokovic as the tennis player with the most Grand Slams in the men’s category after winning his 21st major at the Australian Open.

“It was nice to see their emotions after such a close victory”Federer said of the 35-year-old Spaniard. “Rafa told me that he hadn’t felt good about his body… and now he has lifted the Australian Open trophy. He is a great example and a role model.”

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