Roger Federer has told reporters he has some way to go before he can declare himself 100 per cent fit – his aim for Wimbledon – which starts on June 28.
“I have been out for so long that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play three sets against two of the best players on the Tour,” Federer said.
“This is an important step for me. As I said: I’m not 100 per cent yet. I feel it, I feel it and I see it.
“The important thing for me is to be 100% ahead of the season on the grass. I am still working and building my path; this is just a stepping stone.
“I’m happy with the way I played so far.
“Of course I would have liked to have played more but I’m happy to be back playing on the Tour.
Federer also said after his second knee surgery he knew Australia was a challenge ge too far and he changed his schedule.
“Over the next four months, my team and I will need to be good at evaluating the calendar and figuring out how much work my body can handle,” he said.
“This is the best way to prepare for my real start to the season, which is the one on grass.”