Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick is a big fan of Roger Federer and he hopes his sons will be as gracious as the Swiss. On Sunday, Federer announced he would be undergoing a third knee surgery. Federer underwent two knee surgeries last season and returned to action in March.
"Wish my sons will be as gracious as Roger. In locker rm players would throw grips on the floor & walk away. But there was never a sense of entitlement with Roger. How he conducted himself when no one was watching is the takeaway I'll have," Roddick said.
Federer hopes the surgery will help in long-term
"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.
"Also a big thank you already now for all of your messages that are going to be coming in because you guys are always incredible. You always think of me. Some of you suffer with me. I’ll update you as I move along with my rehab. I wish you all the best and I’ll check in with you soon”.