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World Number Three Federer out for the rest of the year

17-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer has announced he will not compete at the Olympics and will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The announcement of Tuesday means Federer will not take part at the US Open and he will also miss the Olympics which might mean the end of his hopes of ever wining a Singles Olympic Gold.

The Swiss won doubles gold at Beijing in 2008, but has never won an Olympic singles title and lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final at London 2012.

Federer twice required treatment during a five-set semi-final defeat by Canada’s Milos Raonic at Wimbledon this month, but found a “silver lining” in his injury-troubled year.

“This experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries,” he said.

“The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover.”

 Federer said on his Facebook page he was “extremely disappointed” to not be representing Switzerland in Rio and it was “tough” to miss the rest of 2016.

The 34-year old added that the doctors say he needs ‘ more extensive rehabilitation’ if he wants to prolong his career.

 

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