Roger Federer confirms long-awaited injury comeback for 2022 after retirement fears

Roger Federer is set to return to competition in October at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. It will be his first tournament since July last year, when he crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarter-final and ended his season to undergo a third knee surgery. It comes after the 40-year-old has returned to training and shared footage from his sessions.

Federer has officially confirmed his participation in his home tournament at the Swiss Indoors in October. It will be his first official tournament since Wimbledon last July, with the 20-time Major champion already set to compete at the Laver Cup in London’s O2 Arena in September. He is play his opening match on Tuesday, October 25 and, if he gets through, will play again two days later on the Thursday.

The 40-year-old has been out of action since suffering a “setback” with his knee on the grass courts and having what was his third knee surgery in less than two years. Federer has played just five tournaments since February 2020 after being struck down by the knee injury but has been back in the gym in recent weeks and it appears his early training sessions have been successful, with his entry to Basel the first sign of a comeback to professional competition.

Federer is a 10-time former champion at the Swiss Indoors with his most recent triumph coming in 2019, also the most recent of his 103 titles. The former world No 1 was a ball-boy at the event as a teenager and it has long been considered the tournament he would choose to retire at.

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