Roger Federer has revealed he is looking at next year’s Australian Open for a return from his knee injury.
The 35-year-old Federer has been out of action since late July, his last match was a loss to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner had surgery in February before a back issue ruled him out of the French Open.
“I’m working for the Australian Open,” the Swiss said. “I’m doing well.”
“I never thought I’d have a year like this. I’ve learned a lot from this year,” added Federer, who missed the Rio 2016 Olympics and will be unable to go for a sixth US Open title when the tournament begins on 29 August.
“It’s painful being here in New York, and it was painful during the Olympics because I love competing. But you can’t have it all.
“It was a tough decision to say the least – going out of Rio, the US Open, the [season-ending] World Tour Finals. But in some ways it ended up being a simple decision. Health is my number one thing.”
Federer was speaking at an event in New York to launch the ‘Laver Cup’, a Ryder-Cup style tournament named after Australian legend Rod Laver and set for September 2017 in Prague, with Europe playing the Rest of the World.