Roger Federer out of French Open after knee surgery

Roger Federer out of French Open after knee surgery

Roger Federer out of French Open after knee surgery

Tennis icon Roger Federer has announced on social media channels that he is dealing with pain in his right knee and has been forced to pull out of the French Open after undergoing minor surgery.

Federer's absence at Roland Garros, where he was a victor back in 2009, gives rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic another chance to close the gap on the 38-year-old's record tally of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

However, the world No.3 added: "After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery". He now is ranked No 3 behind rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

It means he will now miss the current swing of hard court tournaments in Dubai and the United States of America, plus the French Open, which was to be his token clay court outing of the year. He then lost to Novak Djokovic in the final after holding two match points. He also plans to play at the Olympics in Tokyo a few weeks later.

Federer has yet to win a singles gold medal at the Games. He has won 10 titles at Halle.

In the statement, Federer revealed that he will miss a number of tournaments, including the French Open.

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"If he had taken this decision, then it was the wisest".

"The news shocked me".

"Today was awful, to go through what I did", he said.

"It's a little sad for him in the sense that he misses tournaments when he is still playing well". Rafael Nadal has won the tournament 12 times and will match the Swiss international's record of Grand Slam wins if he can overcome the challenge in the summer.

The 38-year-old took to Twitter on Thursday (February 20), to release a statement on why he chose to undergo the surgery now. "We'll wait and see".

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