Roger Federer had a few setbacks in his return from a knee injury in previous tournaments, but the former World No. 1 have warned his tennis rivals that he’s ready to get back into the action and to top form.
“I’ve played very well in Monaco in the past, but for now my objective is to make my return to play, gain a good feel and go from there,” Federer said via sport360.com.
“My knee hasn’t bothered me, but the big test will be seeing how it reacts in match conditions. There are no easy draws in a Masters 1000, so I am not underestimating anyone. At the same time, I hope no one is underestimating me just because I’ve been hurt.”
Federer’s statement can be considered a warning to his rivals as recovers from his first major injury/surgery in his tennis career. Federer has played in just 10 matches in the 2016 ATP season with 8 wins against 2 losses, with his last tournament at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the 2016 Australian Open.
Federer lost in four sets, 1-6 2-6 6-3 3-6 to rival Novak Djokovic, who is currently the World No. 1 and dominating the tennis world in recent years, in the semifinal round.
Federer also said that he is simply pleased to be back in the court but will target a win at the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters set this week.
“Expectations are really low, which is nice for a change. Just see where I am, go out there,” Federer stated via The National. “But once you’re out there, you want to win, it’s clear. I’m a competitor. I’m just really pleased I’m back. I couldn’t be more happy how rehab has gone. It’s baby steps.”
Roger Federer will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Tuesday night to resume his campaign this tennis season.
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