World No. 4 Dominic Thiem says it's sad that Roger Federer is out until the grass season but he hopes the surgery the Swiss underwent will help him prolong his career. Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, underwent an arthroscopic right knee surgery on Wednesday and he hopes to make a full recovery from it.
The 38-year-old pulled out of Dubai, the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami as well as the French Open. On Thursday, top-seeded Thiem recovered from a set and a break down to beat rising Spanish star Jaume Munar 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-4 in the Rio Open round-of-16.
"Me and everybody else love to watch him (Federer), love when he’s around on the ATP Tour. It sad that he is out until Wimbledon, but on the other hand if he needs the surgery, if he is ready for the grass season and it’s good of he is back playing in a great shape," Thiem told Break Point Brasil after surviving a tough Munar challenge.