'Even on one and a half legs, Roger Federer makes...', says expert

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'Even on one and a half legs, Roger Federer makes...', says expert

Roger Federer fans will have to wait longer to see the Swiss star return to the pitch. Before the US Open, the 40-year-old confirmed his retirement not only from the Grand Slam on the hard court, but from upcoming tournaments on the ATP circuit.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion cited the need for knee surgery as the reason for his retirement. Following his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon Championship quarterfinals, Federer withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics citing a knee injury.

While many thought he would make it to the US Open, the Swiss star faced a major blow due to the need for knee surgery. During a video on Instagram, Federer shared the terrible news with the world. He said, “I am going to be on crutches for many weeks and out of the game for many months.

I want to give myself a ray of hope to return to the Tour in some form." This withdrawal means that Federer will not chase a record 21 Grand Slam titles at the US Open. Furthermore, this indefinite hiatus also means that he could break out of the Top 10 in the ATP rankings for the first time in four years.

Djokovic and Nadal will likely chase the 21st Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows Federer is tied with longtime rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for 20 Grand Slam titles.

Rosset comments on Roger Federer

Former Olympic champion Marc Rosset believes Roger Federer's return to the tour hinges on how well his next surgery goes.

Rosset reckons that Federer exceeded expectations at Wimbledon and that he still has the desire to keep playing. "Can the operation be a success? That's what we're talking about," Marc Rosset said. "Obviously, this season has been compromised because there is something that did not work in his knee.

We then saw that he never really played 100% of his means." Rosset pointed out that even a half-fit Federer managed to reach the last eight at Wimbledon, which shows the 20-time Major champion still backs his abilities on the court.

"Even on one and a half legs, he makes the quarters at Wimbledon," continued Rosset. "I find it rather good that Roger gives himself the means, or rather the opportunity, to consider a return to the tour. Or at least that he can play without pain. The fact that he chose the option of having another operation suggests that he does not want to suffer."