Roger Federer insists the "worst is behind me" after third surgery on right knee

Roger Federer is feeling positive after undergoing a third surgery in under two years, but has admitted he still won't be back on a tennis court for several months.

The world No 9 stopped his season to have surgery on his troublesome right knee last year, making the decision before tennis was suspended during the pandemic, and required a second procedure, leaving him off the tour for all of 2020 with the exception of a semi-final run at the Australian Open to begin the year.

After making his comeback this year and playing just five events, the 40-year-old was forced to once again shut down his season and made the decision to go under the knife for a third time following a setback during the grass court season, but now finally feels he is over the worst with his ongoing right knee injury.

Federer surprised everyone by arriving in Boston for the fourth edition of the Laver Cup – a Ryder Cup-style tournament he co-founded with his manager Tony Godsick – after being forced to pull out of the Team Europe vs Team World event after his recent surgery left him on crutches.

He has since opened up on his decision to miss "many months" of tennis to undergo a third surgery, and finally feels he is at a good place after suffering multiple setbacks for the last couple of years.

"I mean it was a tough process to take that decision just because I’ve had already a couple of knee surgeries, and I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon," the 20-time Grand Slam champion admitted, speaking on day two of the Laver Cup, where he has been soaking in the tennis as a spectator in the stands.

"I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and, at the end, too much is too much.

"Now I've just got to take it step by step. I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court.

"But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year."

While Federer will still be on the sidelines when the 2022 season begins, he has already shared his hope to play in next year's edition of the Laver Cup, set to be held in London's o2 Arena in September.

He added: "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me.

"I took the time and, I don't know, just really in a good place, I'm really happy."

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