Roger Federer to miss US Open and undergo knee surgery
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Greg Rusedski has explained why he thinks Roger Federer may never return to the ATP Tour following the latest setback on his knee injury. Federer announced prior to the US Open that he would need to undergo a third operation on his troublesome knee, ruling him out for the remainder of the year.
He said at the time that he was “realistic” and appeared downbeat in the video he posted on Instagram.
If Federer does return at the start of the 2022 season, he would have only played five tournaments in two years.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion recently turned 40 and, while he’s proven in the past that he can return from injuries, this will be his biggest challenge to date.
At Wimbledon, Federer still proved that he could compete as he reached the quarter finals.
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But he clearly struggled against Hubert Hurkacz, being bageled in the final set leaving those inside Centre Court stunned.
Federer appears up for the challenge of making another comeback next year, but former British No 1 Rusedski thinks the eight-time Wimbledon champion may re-evaluate his options if he’s not confident of being able to win again.
“He’s defied logic for so long, you can only take so much,” Rusedski told Express Sport.
“I remember [Jimmy] Connors at 39 years of age getting to the semis at the US Open and we’re like ‘wow, this is unbelievable’.
“But Federer at 39 was still contending at Grand Slams but time doesn’t stand still for anybody.
“We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in 2022, but it doesn’t sound so optimistic.
“Maybe we’ll see him one more time at Wimbledon but who knows.
“If he can’t win Grand Slams then he’s probably not going to come back.”
Rusedski believes Federer may just have to accept that time waits for no man and this new lay-off will test his mental fortitude.
“There’s nothing Federer can change in his game to adjust as he did when he came back in 2017,” Rusedski added.
“The older you get, the harder it becomes. He knows the reality of the situation and he realises it’s going to be a hard graft.
“You hate injuries and you hate trying to do a comeback, it’s a real hard thing to do.
“The mental fatigue is so difficult because you still believe there’s something left even if there isn’t.”
The US Open is available to watch on Prime Video from Monday 30th August
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