Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro have wished a quick recovery to former world No. 1 Roger Federer. Federer, 40, announced on Sunday that he would be undergoing a knee surgery.
Federer, who hasn't played since making the Wimbledon quarterfinal, underwent two knee surgeries last season. "Get better GOAT," Kyrgios wrote in the Instagram comment section. Meanwhile, del Potro commented: "All the best amigo!
We will be back."
Federer hopes to prolong his career
"I just wanted to give you a bit of an update [on] what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it’s not been simple. 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,” Federer said in a video.
“That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and also out of the game for many months, so it’s going to be difficult of course in some ways, but at the same time I know it’s the right thing to do because 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 to return to the tour in some shape or form."
Federer has acknowledged that it won't be easy to make a comeback after the surgery at the age of 40. "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,” Federer said.
“But I want to be healthy, I will go through the rehab process I think also with a goal while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time”.