After a virus in Miami delayed his comeback from knee surgery, Roger Federer is set to return this week in Monte Carlo against a tough field which includes the full Big 4.
Eyes will be on Federer who hasn’t hit a ball since the Australian Open because of that injured knee. And the Swiss also knows this will be the big test.
“My knee hasn’t bothered me, but the big test will be seeing how it reacts in match conditions,” Federer said. “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, who opens against either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Thomaz Bellucci likely on Tuesday, said being off the tour for two months has left him rested and eager to play.
“I am rested mentally and physically,” Federer said. “I believe you can add everything to the back end of your career, in terms of being fresher mentally and being able to train harder. Whatever rest it is, it ends up in a canister you can draw from.”
Federer is also over that strange virus from Miami.
“I’m happy to say that I’ve recovered well from the virus in Miami,” Federer said. “At first, I was concerned that it might be something that would last a while, but I was feeling better three days later. I arrived in Monte Carlo nine or 10 days ago and I’ve been training on centre court for the past eight or nine days. Things are going well. I’m happy with how I move; how I’m hitting the ball. I’ve played a lot of practice sets.”
The 34-year-old Federer has never won Monte Carlo. He’s lost in the finals four times most recently two years ago to Stan Wawrinka.
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