This is the point where it starts to become much more likely that Federer will be ready to play. After all, he is currently down to take part in the fifth edition of the Ryder Cup-style event, representing Team Europe against players from the rest of the world.
The Swiss is down to play doubles alongside his great friend and rival Rafael Nadal, and will hope to avoid having to cancel that appearance. This makes it very possible that his grand return to action might be on UK soil, with the Laver Cup taking place at the O2 Arena.
This would be the really romantic one for Federer, being able to come back to competitive tennis in front of a roaring crowd in his home city of Basel. The ATP 500 event is scheduled for the end of October, making it really likely that, as long as his recovery doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he will be fit to play.
Playing and being competitive are two very different things, but considering his record at this event a victorious return cannot be ruled out. He is the current Swiss Indoors champion – it hasn’t been held since 2019 due to the pandemic – and he has won his last 25 consecutive matches in that tournament.