Fed Out for French Open and Other Tennis Tournaments :/
What's Wrong With Federer's Knee?
"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while. I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday," Federer said.
"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open. I am grateful for everyone's support. I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"
Federer showed signs of Injury during the Australian Open Quarters where he barely beat Tennys Sandgren in 5 sets. However Mr. Marathon Man Fed who has never retired early from a match pulled it out and went on to play a relatively competitive match against Djokovic. Djokovic went on to beat Theim in a 5 setter to win his 8th Australian Open.
Federer's Clay Court Season is Over... Again
This isn’t the first time Federer is going to miss the French Open. Clay has notoriously been his worst surface and he has only won once at Roland Garros. With that said there has only been one other Champion in the last 14 years besides Nadal. The other GOAT candidate, Djokovic. Although Fed has taken a couple sets off Nadal on clay, he has lost to Nadal 4 times in the Finals at the French Open unable to put 3 winnings sets together. Federer won it in 2009 when Robin Soderling shocked the world and upset Nadal. (Wild to think that the big 3 is still so Dominant) Federer has only played in French Open once since losing in the quarters in 2015. He lost in the Semi's.
Roger's History of Injuries
This is also not the first time Federer has dealt with injuries in his career. After all he is 38 years old! Federer had a naggin knee injury in 2016 where had to miss the Olympics and other tournaments. He Dropped out of the top 10 in ATP Rankings for the first time since 2002. People started to panic and say he was done. He proved them all wrong and went on to win his 18th Major at the 2017 Australian Open. There probably won’t be as many doubters this time as he should have won Wimbledon last year (kudos to Djokovic for never giving up). Fed will most likely drop out of the top 5 and be somewhere around 8-12 come Wimbledon. However Wimbledon does have the power to see however they like meaning they could seed him 3rd or 4th. But if they don’t it will make the road to his 21st title just that much tougher. Admittedly, Federer can't complain to much about injuries compared to a lot of other pro's included Nadal and Djokovic who have each missed lengthy periods of times due to injuries. It is apart of Roger's greatness though; is his ability to wow the crowd ever night for the past 20 years!