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World No. 3 player – Roger Federer – retired from competition after the French Open, due to knee surgery.
“I have been struggling with my right knee pain all the time,” he wrote on his Instagram account. “I thought the wound would heal on its own, but no. After being checked for the injury, I decided to have a knee surgery in Switzerland yesterday 19 February.
After the surgery, the doctor said that I had made the right decision. I am confident that I will recover completely quickly, unfortunately, I will miss tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and Roland Garros. pitch”.
Federer showed signs of injury in the Australian Open earlier this year. In the quarterfinals against Tennys Sandgren, he suffered from groin pain and had to seek medical attention. He then stopped in the semi-finals when he lost three sets to Novak Djokovic.
Since then, it has been a month since Federer has competed in any official tournament. He only attended the performance in Cape Town (South Africa) with a victory over Rafael Nadal.
“Express train” will miss the five tournaments he plans to attend from the beginning of the year. It was a performance battle in Bogota (Colombia) ATP 500 in Dubai (UAE), two consecutive Masters competitions in Indian Wells and Miami (USA) and the French Open Grand Slam.
Last year, Federer won Dubai and Miami, won runner-up Indian Wells and reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros. He achieved 2,820 ATP points from these four awards.
Not to mention Federer will also be absent from the two clay Masters – Rome and Madrid – that he attended last year. Federer stopped in the quarterfinals and only reached 180 points. That means Federer will lose 3,180 points after Roland Garros.
The 38-year-old currently has 7,130 points, 85 points ahead of Dominic Thiem’s fourth. Below him, only two players have more than 4,000 points, Stefanos Tsitsipas (4,745) and Daniil Medvedev (5,890).
French Open takes place from May 24 to June 7. If he recovered, Federer re-appeared at Gerry Weber Open in Halle (Germany) on June 13. Federer is the defending champion Halle and will have to defend 500 points.