Roger Federer skips Toronto and gathers dark clouds over his US Open appearance

A couple of days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer announced he would not compete in Toronto and Cincinnati in the upcoming weeks due to a knee injury. The 20-time Major champion first withdrew from Cincinnati, and it was clear he would not travel to Canada either, remaining sidelined after still feeling the pain in his troubled knee. Thus, Roger is pretty much in doubt for the season’s last Major in New York that starts at the end of August, not competing since that heavy Wimbledon loss and enjoying holidays with his family in Croatia. Roger has played only twice at the Canada Open after 2011, losing finals in 2014 and 2017 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alexander Zverev and remaining on two titles claimed in 2004 and 2006. Federer has been dealing with a knee injury since February 2020, playing only 13 matches on the Tour after the last year’s Australian Open. Roger endured two surgeries last year and returned to action this March in Doha.

Roger Federer will skip Toronto and Cincinnati due to a knee injury.

Federer beat Daniel Evans before wasting a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters. Federer took more time off the court and entered the ATP 250 draw at home in Geneva and lost to Pablo Andujar despite leading 4-2 in the final set. Heading to Paris, Federer grabbed three Roland Garros victories and withdrew following a marathon against Dominik Koepfer, eager to maintain energy for his beloved grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon. Things did not work Roger’s way, though, as he experienced his earliest Halle loss in a career to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Entering the All England Club for the record-breaking 22nd time, Federer advanced to his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final following wins over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego. Facing the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, Roger suffered one of his toughest losses at Majors, winning only nine games and experiencing the first bagel since Roland Garros 2008! After the match, Federer admitted that he still feels the pain in his knee and decided to skip the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The veteran is obviously not ready to return to action this month, withdrawing from the upcoming Masters 1000 events and keeping his US Open appearance in doubt. Roger will do everything to extend his career and play on a high level at least for one more season. However, it gets harder and harder for him to overcome that knee injury and compete injury-free, especially at his age.