Roger Federer to miss US Open and undergo knee surgery
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Roger Federer revealed he loved watching the consistency of three of tennis’ biggest stars at last week’s ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
Federer was watching this year’s season finale from home after a frustrating 2021 has seen him play just 13 matches, with his last outing coming back in July after he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in his Wimbledon quarter-final.
Despite this, the 20-time Grand Slam still enjoyed the festival of tennis played out by the sport’s best, admitting that he loved watching the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and eventual winner Alexander Zverev.
Discussing just how impressed he was with the three stars, Federer said: “The matches have been incredible.
“What I love to see is also all the players being really consistent, the Medvedevs, the Rublevs, the Zverevs, with Novak we can always expect it.
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“But the younger guys are really stepping up and are playing great tennis, it’s been fun to watch.”
The 40-year-old – who has won a record six ATP final titles – went on to add that he was also just as impressed with the new Italian venue in Turin, after it moved from its former home London for the 2021 event.
Federer added: “On TV it looks really good, obviously I see a lot of similarities to London and The O2 in terms of the way the court is presented, which makes a lot of sense of course. But I hope the Italian flair and everything is there.”
As well as the aesthetics of the court and arena, the eight-time Wimbledon champion also sang the praises of the Italian crowd.
As a result Federer pinpointed the atmosphere from the matches that included the event’s home nation players, Italian’s Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini as ‘incredible’.
The 40-year-old commented: “Also when [Matteo] Berrettini was playing and Jannik [Sinner] was playing, I thought crowds were incredible; I was really happy to see that.”
Federer, who has dominated the season finale event in recent years did add that he would have loved to have taken part in Turin, however his injury-blighted season saw him miss out.
Despite a difficult year, it seems the Swiss is potentially aiming for an appearance in Italy next campaign but did admit he will ‘see how it goes’.
He added: “Of course having played Houston, Shanghai and London, I would have loved to play in Turin this year or next year, but we’ll see how it goes.”
In spite of his optimism to make next season’s finals, the tennis great has already been ruled out of the first Grand Slam of the year after being forced to miss January’s Australian Open through injury.
Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic said: “Roger Federer is very unlikely to play the Australian Open. He is 40 and doesn’t recover as fast as before. But he wants to compete again and won’t retire all of a sudden.
“We will be able to see Roger again next year. I don’t know when exactly, but he is undergoing rehabilitation. He is recovering slowly, he is not in a hurry.”
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