The record 17-times grand slam singles winner announced last
month that he would be missing the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open
and the remainder of the 2016 schedule in order to properly
recover after having knee surgery earlier this year.
The Swiss world number four said he was taking a positive
"I don't see it as the end of something. I see it as a beginning
to something I'm working for, and when I come back to the Hopman
Cup and then to the Australian Open ... that's what I'm working
for now," said the 35-year-old Federer.
Federer was speaking at a news conference where it was announced
that he and Rafa Nadal were committing to play for Team Europe
in the inaugural Laver Cup matches next year against a rest of
the world team in Prague on Sept. 22-24.
"I'm doing well and I've been training as much as I possibly
could to restrengthen my quad and my body to keep it in shape,"
said Federer, who had surgery on his left knee in February.
"So when I head back into the gym for full on fitness in the
next couple of months, then I'm ready for it. I just hope to be
super strong when I come back in January."
(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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