World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev feels sorry for Roger Federer but he hopes the Swiss will return to the Tour. Federer, 40, is set to undergo a third knee surgery. Federer underwent two knee surgeries last season, before returning to action this past March.
"To bad. I love watching Federer play on the Tour. I don't know exactly what his knee problems are. I am not a doctor. Hope we can see him again on the Tour because I think we all love Roger. If he comes back all players will try to beat him because even though he is not as physically fit as he was a few years ago, Federer's talent is unique," Medvedev said, per We Love Tennis France.
Federer refusing to quit
"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”.