Roger Federer offers fresh update on return date at Laver Cup following third knee surgery

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Roger Federer offers a fresh update on his injury during a surprise appearance at the Laver Cup. The Swiss Maestro made a late decision to travel to Boston where the fourth edition of the event is taking place.

This is the first time Federer has not represented Team Europe at the Laver Cup, but despite being on crutches the 20-time grand slam champion still made an appearance as a spectator.

During an interview with former player Jim Courier, the 40-year-old gave an update on his recovery from knee surgery.

“I’ve just got to take it step by step,” Federer said. “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.

“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.”

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He added: “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, I’m just really in a good place. I’m really happy.”

Federer thanked everyone for the warm welcome upon arrival and pleased he made the trip to watch the action unfold.

“The reception I’ve received, everybody is so upbeat that I’m here. They wish me all the best and they don’t even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend,” he gushed.

“I’ve seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it’s been wonderful. I’m really happy I made the trip.”

The eight-time Wimbledon champion was full of praise for the Boston crowd who have finally been able to watch the Laver Cup after the event was cancelled last year due to coronavirus.

“I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players,” Federer said.

“That’s what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that’s going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year.”

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Team Europe hold a commanding 11-1 lead over Team World heading into the third and final day.

Bjorn Borg’s men won every match contested on day two which marks the first time that has ever happened at the Laver Cup.

Despite the absence of legends Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Team Europe look set to retain the coveted trophy once again.

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