Roger Federer has withdrawn from two tournaments, putting his duel against Novak Djokovic at the US Open in jeopardy.
The world number nine has withdrawn from the forthcoming Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, putting his prospects of winning the US Open in jeopardy.
Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, respectively. The world number nine’s participation in the US Open at the end of the month is now in doubt after withdrawing from two warm-up events due to a continuing knee issue. It offers his opponents Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic a boost ahead of the year’s last Grand Slam, as the big three are now level with 20 Majors each.
The retirement of the Swiss legend was confirmed by Tennis Canada and the Western and Southern Opens Wednesday evening (August 5).
Federer, who has been off the circuit since last year’s Australian Open and has had two knee surgeries in 2020, has withdrawn from the US Open Series events due to a persistent knee issue.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has only competed in five events this year, with his greatest performances coming in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and Doha.
In his most recent encounter, a 6-3 7-6(4) 6-0 loss to 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-final, Federer was bagelled for the first time at the All England Club, and the second time this century, following a loss to Nadal at Roland Garros in 2008.
After suffering a relapse with his knee ailment during the grass court season, the eight-time Wimbledon champion decided not to compete in the Olympics, and the same problem is holding him out of the US Open warm-up matches.
“During the grass-court season, I unfortunately encountered a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must retire from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer stated on Twitter at the time. I’m devastated since representing Switzerland has always been a privilege and a highlight of my career.
“I’ve already started my recovery in the aim of getting back on the road later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss squad luck and will be cheering them on from afar. Hopp Schwiz!” like usual.
His withdrawals from the next National Bank Open and Western & Southern Open have raised even more questions about his chances at the US Open, which begins at the end of this month. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”