Federer resigns from Games due to new knee problems

The Swiss, individual silver in London and doubles gold in Beijing, suffered a tough defeat in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Federer, at the 2004 Athens Games.ROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP

Days after losing forcefully in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, Roger Federer He announced that he would not play the Olympics. “During the grass season, unfortunately I suffered a setback with my knee and I have to accept that I must renounce the Games,” explained the Swiss through a statement, where he wished the Swiss delegation the best.

The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, a record that since last Sunday shares, in addition to with Rafael Nadal, with Novak Djokovic, he underwent two knee operations in 2020 from which he has not yet fully recovered. Federer, who turns 40 on August 8, commented after the painful defeat at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won eight times, that he will reflect on the future with his entire team. For now, in the statement on Tuesday, he says that he has already started rehabilitation with the idea of ​​playing again later in the summer, from which it is understood that his intention is to play the United States Open.

Waiting for what Djokovic decides, who, after winning Wimbledon said that the chances of going to Tokyo were 50%, the loss of the Swiss joins that of Nadal. Federer was individual silver at the London 2012 Games and won gold four years earlier, in Beijing, in the doubles specialty, alongside Stan Wawrinka. With his discharge, he definitively renounces one of the few unfulfilled challenges in his career: to climb to the top of the box in the individual event.


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