'Roger Federer still has the will and energy to want...', says former ace

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'Roger Federer still has the will and energy to want...', says former ace

In just two weeks, the eyes of the world will feast on the US Open. While winning at Flushing Meadows is the ultimate goal, the 2021 Cincinnati Open presents an opportunity for players to tune in to American hard courts. However, some of the best talent in today's game will be lost in the iconic warm-up tournament.

While the men's singles category will miss the famous 'Big 3', Serena Williams is an important player who does not participate in the women's singles category. Roger Federer withdrew from the hard court tournament citing a knee injury.

Although fans expected him to make it to the US Open, he gave a sad update on the injury. On social media, the Swiss star revealed that he needed knee surgery, which leaves him out for an indefinite period. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is on a roll this year.

With three Grand Slam titles, he looks like a favorite to make four of four in 2021. However, he cited shoulder pain and fatigue as his reasons for missing the Cincinnati Open. Although Nadal played the Citi Open, he withdrew from the National Bank Open citing the need to fully recover for the US Open.

The Spaniard skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to a foot injury he suffered at the French Open. Dominic Thiem is another key player who missed the Cincinnati Open. The Austrian faces a race against time to recover from a wrist injury before defending his title at Flushing Meadows.

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams among key WTA players to miss tournament Both Williams sisters will miss the final warm-up tournament before the US Open.

Federer shared the terrible news with the world

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." The 50-year-old Rosset also reckons Federer has the "will and energy" to keep playing. "No doubt (that Roger Federer wishes to retire on his own terms which is why he opted for another surgery)," continued Rosset.

"But for Roger, we can even add that in his head, he still has the will and energy to want to continue on the circuit. With, I think, the condition of being able to have more fun and win matches."