John McEnroe doubts Federer’s chances of winning Wimbledon
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Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury at Wimbledon. Federer planned to wait until after his campaign at SW19 to confirm his status for this summer’s Olympic Games, and it’s bad news for Switzerland.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts on Tuesday afternoon, Federer explained his disappointment to miss out.
It read: “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.
“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!”
Federer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year before suffering his worst-ever defeat at the competition.
The 39-year-old was beaten in straight sets by 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz, losing the final set 6-0 for the first time in his career.
Novak Djokovic emphatically lifted the Wimbledon trophy, levelling him with Federer and Rafa Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.
Federer’s grass-court campaign was disappointing by his world-class standards, and his knee is likely to be a key reason as to why.
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