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Bouchard gets past Kudermetova in Prague

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Federer to miss rest of the season following knee surgery

Roger Federer, known for his elegant style of play, has got off lightly with injuries during a career in which he has won 103 singles titles, including all four majors.

A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee Roger Federer

But now, aged 38 with his 39th birthday looming large in August, it would seem that his body is starting to feel his age which will no doubt spark speculation about the Swiss icon’s retirement!

The holder of a record 20 singles grand slam titles, Federer has announced he will miss the rest of the current season when it is reactivated following its current suspension caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, after requiring additional surgery on his right knee.

He will subsequently miss the US Open and the rescheduled French Open which are expected to take place on the 31st August and 20th September respectively but hopes to be fit for the Australia Open in January 2021.

The 38-year-old has not played competitively since the turn of the year, when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open back in January and then revealed he would have to have arthroscopic knee surgery in February.

“A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee,’ Federer confirmed.

“Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100 per cent ready to play at my highest level.

“I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”

When he returned in 2017 having missed most of the previous season following surgery on his left knee, he immediately won the Australian Open and then Wimbledon retaining the Aussie title in 2018 for his 20th major.

Federer’s decision leaves the door open for Rafa Nadal to equal his record number of grand slam titles and Novak Djokovic, currently with 17, a chance to close the gap on both his rivals.






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