I must admit to getting more and more nervous the longer he stays away. It's now been 4 months since he last played and there don't seem to be any reassuring statements about him coming back anytime soon, just a few vaguely hopeful hints.
I'm beginning to accept that it is highly unlikely he will return this season. I think January 2013 is the earliest time we can expect to see him re-emerge onto the scene. But we can only speculate on what kind of shape he will be in if and when he finally does re-appear. After all, a 7 month absence from the tour is bound to take its toll.
"I have to apologise because I clearly pushed Roger so hard on Thursday!" (Andy Murray on why Federer couldn't play the WTF final).