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Roger Federer won’t be back until 2021

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The Swiss tennis player underwent a second arthroscopy on his right knee.

His trainer Severin Lüthi had let him imply Sunday on the set of the German-speaking television SRF by announcing that there had been “some complications in the convalescence”, Roger Federer himself confirmed on social networks in this Wednesday morning: he will not replay in 2020.

Knee operated at the end of February, the Basel tennis player prefers not to take the slightest risk this year and postpones his return to 2021. He explained in the message that he posted that he had undergone a second arthroscopy at his right knee.

“Dear fans, I hope you are safe and healthy,” he wrote. A few weeks ago, I experienced some setbacks in my initial convalescence, I underwent an additional and rapid arthroscopy on my right knee. Now, almost like in the 2017 season (note: he had a left knee injury in the summer of 2016), I plan to take the time necessary to be 100% ready and be able to evolve at my best level. I will miss my supporters and the Tour a lot, but I look forward to seeing everyone on the circuit at the start of the 2021 season. I wish you the best, Roger. ”

Ranked No 4 at the ATP at the time of the season break, the Basel player will have played only six official matches this year: it was at the Australian Open, where he had been eliminated by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. He then faced Rafael Nadal in Cape Town in the Match for Africa, before resolving to have surgery.

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