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‘Back to work!’ – Roger Federer posts major injury update after rankings blow

Roger Federer shared a picture of his practice on social media to officially declare himself ‘back to work’ after injury.

Federer has barely played in 2020 after undergoing knee-surgery in February.

That surgery was originally expected to keep him out until the summer, meaning he would have been able to return when tennis resumed following its enforced coronavirus break.

However, complications with the original operation meant he had to fo under the knife again in June.

He has publicly targeted the 2021 Australian Open in January for his comeback, and tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed he has filled out the required paperwork to join the field.

That target now appears to be well within his grasp after he released the image from his base in Switzerland.

Federer has suffered a rankings blow though with Daniil Medvedev overtaking him.

That means he is now down to number five in the world, and may have to play either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in Melbourne should they avoid early upsets.

However, it should also be stressed that Federer would now be ranked at around 100 in the world if not for the unique rankings system this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.