• Roger Federer is recovering from a double-knee surgery
  • He is hopeful of returning to action in January
  • The 39-year-old is currently ranked fourth in the world

Roger Federer, who has not played competitive tennis since January, has said he is "definitely not retiring" anytime soon, adding that his "biggest hobby" these days is being a father and husband.

In a recent interview with a Chinese firm, Tmall, the 39-year-old said he is certain he would return to the court in January 2021.

Federer's last Grand Slam appearance came in January when he participated at the Australian Open. He lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the semi-final. Shortly after the calendar's opening Grand Slam and an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa, Federer had surgery on his right knee. During his initial rehabilitation, Federer suffered a setback that forced him to undergo an additional quick arthroscopic procedure.

The double-knee surgery had ruled the 20-time Grand Slam out of the remainder of the 2020 season.

"I'm definitely not retiring now. I trained last week; I should be on the court at the beginning of January. I am still fighting for my return, I want to be on the court, I would like to play with the legends of the game, with the best players. I feel that there is little left in me. I am doing well, it is a long process – not daily, but weekly," Federer told Tmall.

Even though he cannot wait to make a comeback, Federer says he has really enjoyed the time spent away from the sport this year.

"I enjoy Switzerland, the last time I was at home for more than six weeks was when I was 16. It is more relaxed, not only for me but also for my children. I can sometimes fall asleep because I go to bed late, [but] there is no stress that matches bring," added Federer.

Federer has never retired from a match throughout his career
Federer has never retired from a match throughout his career AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

In the same interview, when Federer was quizzed about his hobbies, the former World No. 1 replied, "I like spending time with my children, going for a walk with, and just seeing them grow up. My biggest hobby and job in some way is being a father and husband to make sure I do my best."

Besides family, "I read the papers, I read the news because I want to know what’s happening. I really like to call my friends and see what is happening," Federer further said.