Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

17.54 13 Jul 2021


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Roger Federer has pulled out of this month's Olympic Games due to a knee injury.

The news that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will not compete in Tokyo comes less than a week after his straight-sets Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

He said after the loss that he did not know at that stage if he would compete at SW19 again;

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“I’ve got to regroup. My goal was always for the last year and more to try to play another Wimbledon.”

“I knew it was going to be really hard, to be honest.

"Now I’ve just got to talk to the team, take my time, not feel rushed.

“[I will] take the right decision, the one decision I want to take and where I feel most comfortable.”

The Swiss 39-year-old made the Olympic announcement on Tuesday evening, saying he suffered a setback during the grass-court season.

Federer, who's currently ranked 9th in the world, underwent two knee surgeries in 2020.

Federer won doubles gold at Beijing 2008 alongside Stan Wawrinka and silver in 2012 in the singles after losing to Andy Murray in the final in London.

He said that he plans to return to the ATP Tour later in the year following rehabilitation work.

He also expressed his great disappointment, saying it was the highlight of his career representing Switzerland and went on to wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck.

On Sunday Federer had his record of 20 Grand Slam titles equalised by Novak Djokovic as the world number one beat Matteo Berrettini in four sets to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.

Federer tweeted a message of congratulations to the Serb following his victory, saying:

“Congrats Novak on your 20th major.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions.

"Wonderful performance, well done!"


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