Roger Federer ruled out for “many months” due to further knee surgery

Jamie Shaw in US Open 15 Aug 2021
Federer faces a lengthy lay-off (Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

Roger Federer has revealed he will be ruled out through injury for “many months” as he prepares for further knee surgery.

Federer, who turned 40 last week, had two knee operations last year but has suffered further injury setbacks this season.

The Swiss legend suffered a Fourth Round defeat at the French Open and a Quarter-Final exit at Wimbledon before withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.

His latest announcement means he will miss the upcoming US Open, as well as much of the remaining ATP action this year.

In a video posted on Instagram, Federer said he hoped the surgery would give him “a glimmer of hope” of returning to competition in the near future.

“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,” said Federer.

“Unfortunately they told me for the medium- to long-term, to feel better, I will need surgery, so I decided to do it. I will be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months.”

Federer is currently locked level on a record 20 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

This latest injury setback has raised doubts as to whether Federer will be able to compete again at the top level or even return to the tour at all.

His most recent Grand Slam title came at the 2018 Australian Open, while his 2019 defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon represented his last appearance in a major final.

Federer, now ranked world number nine, insisted he is determined to bounce back, but is under no illusion as to the difficulty of the task ahead.

He added: “I want to be healthy. I want to be running around later, as well, again, and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope, also, 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.”

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