Roger Federer announced that he had undergone surgery on Tuesday in Switzerland to resolve a right knee injury. The Swiss champion will miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, the exhibition with Alexander Zverev in Bogotà and Roland Garros.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return to Halle in June. “My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” he said. “I hoped it would go away but, after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.
After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open”.
Talking about Federer's announcement, Gilles Simon explained: "I don’t think about it, you don’t have to say anything, shut up, wait and watch what’s going to happen, that’s the most effective attitude.
The last time he came back after such a long period of absence, he just won the Australian Open, which in the end sums up the conclusions we can make today." At the Australian Open in Melbourne, Federer reached the semifinals after straight sets wins over Steve Johnson and Filip Krajinović, a five-set win over John Millman, four-set win over Márton Fucsovics, and a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren (he lost to Novak Djokovic).