Roger Federer to miss US Open and undergo knee surgery
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World No.2 Daniil Medvedev said news of Roger Federer’s injury-enforced absence from the tour is “a pity for everybody”. The Swiss is set to be out of action for “many months” after deciding to undergo a third surgery on his knee in 18 months.
Federer announced the news in an Instagram video on Sunday, after damaging his knee further during the grass court season which ended when he limped out of Wimbledon after a quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz.
The 40-year-old also missed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and said he would be absent from ATP Tour events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Russian star Medvedev won the Toronto Masters by defeating American Reilly Opelka in Sunday’s final, and was asked after his victory for his opinion on the news of Federer’s surgery.
He said: “Well, it’s a pity for everybody. We love watching him play.
“I don’t know exactly his problems with the knee. I’m not a doctor. But, I mean, age takes over.
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“Hopefully we can still see him back on tour, because I think that’s what he wants. That’s what everybody wants.
“Of course even if he’s going to be back on tour, we’re gonna try to beat him every time we play him, even if it’s Roger.
“I know we are still competitors on the court, but the only thing I can wish him right now, because I saw it before the match is health, speedy recovery, and seeing him back on tour, yeah, because we never know what’s going to happen next.”
Federer’s age and difficulties with injury over the last two years have led to widespread discussion over when he might choose to call time on his career.
No-one was won more Grand Slams than the Swiss, though both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are tied with him on 20 and could have overtaken him by this time next month, with the pair among the favourites to win the upcoming US Open in New York.
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Federer took to social media on Sunday to confirm the news of his planned surgery, but appeared upbeat about his chances of returning to competitive tennis action.
Federer said: “I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass court season and Wimbledon.
“It’s just not the way to go forward so unfortunately for the medium-to-long term to feel better I will need surgery.
“I decided to do it. I will be on crutches for many weeks and then out of the game for many months.
“It’s going to be difficult of course but at the same time, it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy.
“I want to be running around later and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form.
“I am realistic don’t get me wrong, I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.
“But I want to be healthy and I’ll go through the rehab process with the goal, while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.”
In a recent interview with Swiss newspaper Blick, Federer’s parents Lynette and Robert refused to share any details of their son’s retirement plans, but spoke of how “he still lives for tennis” after two decades at the top of the professional game.
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