Switzerland's tennis legend Roger Federer says the worst is behind him as he focuses on making a comeback to the tour in 2022 following a third knee operation. AFP/Pool
ZURICH - Roger Federer said his injury comeback was not yet in sight but insisted he was over the worst as the 40-year-old tennis great targets a return to the courts.
Federer had been out for more than a year with two surgeries on his right knee before getting back onto the tour this year.
But he played only 13 matches, and underwent a third operation following his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon in July.
"I'm doing very well; the rehab is progressing step by step," the Swiss star said at an event in Zurich with sponsors Mercedes-Benz.
"The worst is behind me. I'm looking forward to everything that happens to me to come.
"When you come back from an injury, every day is a better day. So it's an exciting time."
He said that given everything he had been through with his troublesome knee, dealing with the situation was "not a mental problem at all".
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, now ranked ninth in the world, said he sees returning to the professional tour as a "challenge".
Federer added he hoped to get back to fitness training and hitting balls on the tennis court as soon as possible, but accepted that "that still takes a little patience".
Federer said he was already looking forward to 2022.
"One of my goals is to really get myself into it again to come back and hopefully play in places like the O2 Arena in London," he said.