Commenting on Sky Sport during the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, former Swiss Davis Cup team captain Claudio Mezzadri revealed an important backstory about Roger Federer's decision of halting his 2016 season. 'Federer is still suffering pain in his knee,' Mezzadri said.
'He would have liked to play the US Open but doctors advised him not to come back on the court so early. Roger could have been back in Basel but since chances of playing the ATP World Tour Finals were really fewer, with Ivan [Ljubicic] he decided to extend the time and to come back direcly next year.' And finally Mezzadri revealed something very important that Federer wanted to play at least for other two seasons.
This last sentence is positive for the future. It also re-affirms what Federer's manager, Tony Godsick had mentioned earlier, 'The injury came in the worst year. But if you want to keep playing tennis for a few years and you do not want to constantly get worried about your body and injuries, you have to miss the remainder of the season.
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