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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, February 20, 2020

 
Roger Federer

Roger Federer has undergone right knee surgery that will sideline him for more than two months knocking him out of Roland Garros for the fourth time in the last five years.

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Roger Federer's spring season is over after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The 38-year-old Swiss said doctors are "very confident of a full recovery" following the surgery on his knee in Switzerland yesterday.

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"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed it was the right thing to have done," Federer said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Federer, who fell to Novak Djokovic in last month's Australian Open semifinals, said his right knee "has been bothering me for a little while." Federer previously had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 3, 2016.

The good news: the Grand Slam king is confident of a full recovery and aiming to return for grass-court season.

The bad news: the 2009 Roland Garros champion will miss the French Open for the fourth time in the past five years.




Recovery from surgery means Federer won't be defending his Dubai title this month or his Miami Open crown next month.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion is optimistic he will be back by June in time for lawn season. 

"I am grateful for everyone's support," said Federer, who held two championship points in the 2019 Wimbledon final before bowing to Novak Djokovic. "I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

 

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