Roger Federer's comeback trail appears to be on schedule.
Following his Instagram post in March that showcased him blasting some forehands on an indoor court, the Swiss followed it with several pictures of himself in the gym with the caption “rehab is rockinggggggg.”
Fresh off his win opening-round win in Monte Carlo, Fabio Fognini was one of the first players to spot it, commenting, “Da”iii Rogeeerrrr… come back sooonnn.”
Federer revealed that he was back in the gym in February, but only on a very light training regimen.
However, the workload has increased, judging by his photos doing weighted Bulgarian squats.
Despite that, it is likely he's still not quite ready for heavy impact and high-intensity exercises. You can see the blood flow restriction training belt on his thigh.
This training aid is used so you can do low-intensity exercise but with blood flow occlusion. That means you can still generate muscular hypertrophy without the need for high-intensity training, which your body might not be quite ready for.
A Paganini plan? probably.
So while there will still be a long way to build back the leg strength required to compete on tour and potential bumps in the road, this is another positive sign for fans that a comeback later in the year is still on the cards.
And, of course, not being one to miss an opportunity to help keep the On Running share price ticking over, he was sporting a pair of On Running Shoes.
In this case, the Cloudvista, On's outdoor trail running shoes, are an interesting choice for an indoor gym workout.
When do you think Federer's next rehab update comes? Will it be from an outdoor claycourt somewhere in Switzerland now Spring is just around the corner? Let me know in the comments.