As we all know by now, Roger Federer is out of the tennis Tour for the next few weeks due to a knee surgery. The news came as a bit of a surprise, as Federer was scheduled to play the clay season too. Dominic Thiem, currently playing in Rio Open, had some words to say on Roger’s surgery.
Federer had issues with his right knee for some time now, as he relayed through his statement. He opted for an arthroscopic surgery on the knee, which was a success too.
It may well be that Roger is seeking his ninth Wimbledon title, and wants to be at his fittest when he steps out on Centre Court. He came pretty close last year; in fact, he was just a point away. This year may well be his last real opportunity to win it.
Dominic Thiem gives his take
Dominic Thiem is currently playing in the Rio Open in Brazil. Talking to the media after his round of 16 victory over Jaume Munar, Thiem gave us his thoughts on Federer and his surgery.
“Me and everybody else love to watch him, love when he’s around in the ATP Tour. It is sad that he is out until Wimbledon, but on the other hand if he needs the surgery, if he is ready for grass season and it’s good, if he is back playing in great shape.”
As you can gauge from Thiem’s words, Roger is a well-liked player on the ATP Tour. That is hardly surprising given his gracious personality and, of course, his exploits in the sport, past and present.
Incidentally, just a few days back, Thiem reiterated his desire to capture Roger’s No. 3 spot in the world rankings. It looks like he will have his wish soon enough.
Federer will drop out of the top 5 as he recuperates from his knee procedure. Assuming he returns in time for the grass season, Roger won’t get to defend 3180 of his ATP points in the following weeks.
An in form Dominic Thiem has made it to the quarter finals of the Rio Open, which means he would move ahead of Federer anyway.