Federer in race for form ahead of French Open

Following a trying few months, Roger Federer now finds himself in a difficult position ahead of the French Open.

The second Grand Slam of the year gets underway on May 22 and the Swiss Maestro is far from ready, having played just five matches in the last four months.

Knee surgery was followed by a back injury and now the former world number one finds himself watching the quarter-finals of the Italian Open instead of playing in them after he suffered his first ever loss to Dominic Thiem on Thursday. 

Nontheless, Federer is remaining confident about his preparation for Roland Garros. 

"I'm confident and hopeful at the same time," said the 34-year-old on atpworldtour.com.

"I have only played five matches in the last four months now, so clearly I don't want to get too overly excited about what's ahead, but at the same time I'm a positive thinker and I believe that I'm going to recover.

"Hopefully, the next ten days are going to be easier and I can practise really well, sort of starting next week. That's the hope I have and then we'll see the rest, how it's going to come."

Prior to the Italian Open, Federer was feeling positive about his form despite the lack of on-court action. Now, he is more realistic.

"I actually thought I could really do a good result in Paris," he added.

"Now the past couple of weeks it's been more difficult. I see my chances as not great to have the most unbelievable run, but if maybe in three, four days I can practise 100 percent for the next week, then I believe that something is possible again.

"Clearly, the way I'm playing right now is never going to be enough for any good run in Paris, and then I also wouldn't play this way. I'm still confident I will be fine somehow."

Federer has not reached the final of the French Open since 2011.