Roger Federer heads for his second tennis outing since two knee surgeries last season, with the Swiss prepared to test the waters at next week’s ATP 250 in Geneva.
The comeback process for the 39-year-old has been long and methodical for the 20-time Grand Slam winner, who played two matches earlier this season in Doha before going back to rehab for another few months.
The Swiss test in the international lakeside city will be a test bed for Federer’s possibilities with Roland Garros beginning in a fortnight.
“The draw here will be complicated,” Federer told RTS TV. “It’s important to first see how the body and the mind will react – but I believe that my tennis is there .
“I want to see how the knee reacts, sometimes it can be different in matches than in training, the stress of competition is quite different.
“Maybe there will be more questions. To answer them, I have to play a dozen matches in order to really know how I feel.”
Federer rarely plays at home, save the Basel event held in his childhood home at the venue where he got his start in the game as a ballboy.
“Training has gone without problems,” Federer said. “I’ve played a lot the last few weeks. It’s nice to do what I can do best again. I’m looking forward to seeing what it will be like in a match.”
Federer will begin on Tuesday evening against Pablo Andujar or Jordan Thompson .
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