Tennis

Roger Federer on track for comeback at Australian Open in January

Roger Federer is practising pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and says he expects to return to the tennis circuit at the Australian Open in January.

The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year, but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.

"I'm on the right track," the 20-time Grand Slam champion told German-language magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.

"I'm gradually coming back but I'm going to take my time and don't want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a tournament when I am 100 per cent fit.

"At the moment, it looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January."

While he has made significant progress in his recovery, the world No. 4 says "more than two hours with the racket are not possible" yet. - REUTERS

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