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‘Most important time begins now’: Roger Federer starts grass swing in Halle ahead of Wimbledon

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Roger Federer is gearing up to return to action after his withdrawal from the French Open when he tests his surgery-ravaged knee on grass in Halle next week as part of his Wimbledon preparations.

Despite reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros, Federer withdrew from the French Open last Sunday, insisting his body needed rest. He underwent two surgeries on his right knee in 2020 and a year of rehab.

In his bid to win a ninth title at Wimbledon, which begins June 28, the 39-year-old will warm up on the grass courts of the ATP tournament in Halle, which starts Monday.

“The most important time begins now for me. I want to show my best tennis on grass and be successful,” Federer said Friday in a virtual press conference having arrived the day before to train.

“I am optimistic that I will feel okay for the next few days, I automatically have a good feeling (playing on grass).

“I am very satisfied with how I performed at the French Open, and how my body recovered afterwards.

“That also takes some pressure off me here in Halle.”

The Swiss ace, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles, has a life-long contract with Halle, where he won for the tenth time in 2019 before last…

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