Roger Federer Wimbledon 2021

Roger Federer withdraws from Olympics after knee injury “setback”

Roger Federer has announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympic Games, revealing he suffered a “setback” with his knee during the grass court season.

The 39-year-old was defeated 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 by Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last week – his heaviest defeat at the All England Club.

The 20-time major champion was also beaten in three sets by Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second in Halle prior to Wimbledon.

Federer underwent double knee surgery last year, and has played just five tournaments in 2021.

“During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” the Swiss announced on social media.

“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland. I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer.

“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz! (Go Switzerland!)”

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