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Roger Federer is said to be on track for a comeback later this year, in shocking news that he is set to play the 2023 season when he turns 41. And the Swiss star’s agent says Federer intends to play another Wimbledon after managing to reach the quarter-finals ‘on one leg’ last year.

Federer hasn’t played since leaving Wimbledon in the quarter-finals last year. He then revealed he suffered a ‘setback’ with his knee injury and underwent surgery for the third time in less than two years, which has since sidelined him.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is set to return to London’s O2 Arena in September for the Laver Cup, before playing his home tournament at the ATP 500 in Basel. Now his agent Tony Godsick has confirmed the 40-year-old is on track to make a comeback later this year and is eyeing a strong 2023 season, with Wimbledon included. He told Standard Sport: “He’s exactly where he wants to be, but unfortunately it’s taking time. He’s going to play the Laver Cup and the Swiss Indoors.”

Sharing the timeline of his comeback, Godsick added: “I don’t want to be the doctor but what I hope for him is I can get a good rehab this summer, play some in the fall and give a great luck in 2023, and then see what happens. I haven’t spoken to him about it. And commenting on a possible appearance at Wimbledon 2023, he said: “It was a great effort last year on one leg. And I think he would like another Wimbledon. This place has been incredibly special for him.”

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Federer resumed an intense training schedule at the gym last month, sharing photos and videos of his sessions on his Instagram account. And Godsick said the 103-time title winner was taking all the time he needed to prepare for a comeback this time around, instead of ‘rushing’ to Doha last year after double knee surgery in 2020.

“He won’t rush this time,” his agent said. “He’ll have to be 100 per cent and know he’s 100 per cent and that’s why he takes his time to do intensive rehab and training. It’s not just when the knee feels good, but also to build muscle and recover lungs. I know he’s encouraged where he is.”

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