The veteran tennis star has not played competitively since last year’s Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer’s agent says the Swiss star still holds a burning desire to return to competitive action despite suffering with injuries.

Federer, 40, has not played on tour since last year’s Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the quarter-final.

In recent years he has battled a series of injuries to his back and knee, with his latest lay-off leading to rumours that he may be forced to retire.

However, speaking to the iPaper, Federer’s agent Tony Godsick says the 20-time grand slam winner still believes he can play at a good level on tour and is planning to return at the Laver Cup in September.

He said: ‘I think the Laver Cup could be, if that’s the first event that he’s back, a nice entry way back for him, because he’ll be surrounded by friends and comrades.

‘Even if you’ve played tennis for so long like he has, coming back after a lay-off like that, it’s nice to have a little support.

Federer has not won a grand slam title since the 2018 Australian Open (Picture: Getty)

‘I know Roger well enough to know that he still has the flame burning to compete.

‘His real motivation is to come back to compete on the ATP tour and sort of try to end his career, the way he wants to end it healthy and successful and on his terms.’

Federer, who turned professional in 1998, has not won a grand-slam since the Australian Open in 2018.

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In that time, his rivals have caught up in the race to finish with the biggest haul, with Rafael Nadal surpassing the Swiss legend with a 21st grand slam win in Melbourne earlier this year.

Over the years, Federer has become symbolic of Wimbledon where he has won nine times before, and his absence would be rued by British fans.

Since first appearing in 1999, he has never missed the grand slam at the All England Club.

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