Roger Federer knee surgery was announced on his official website on Wednesday. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and he is expected to be unable to play for about a month. The Federer knee surgery was done in a hospital in Switzerland. Federer, 34, has suffered relatively few health problems during his career. In 2008 and again in 2013, he had some back issues.

The need for the Federer knee surgery came after he was injured the day after he was defeated by Novak Djokovic during the Australian Open semifinal according to Federer’s agent, Tom Godsick. Federer was beaten in four sets by Djokovic with scores of 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, and 6-3.

The operation means that Federer will miss the World Tennis Tournament that is scheduled to take place in Rotterdam February 8, as well as the Dubai Championships, which take place the end of February.

Federer knee surgery means no chance for repeat trophies

Federer said on his site that he is unhappy he has to forgo the Rotterdam and Dubai tournaments, as he has been a previous trophy winner of both in the past. Last year he won his 7th title in Dubai, and he won in Rotterdam in 2005 and 2012.

However, Federer says his doctors say that he will be able to play again after rehabilitation, so he is expected to be back out on the tennis circuit in a month. This sort of knee problem is something that happens commonly to many athletes, and one specialist in this type of knee surgery, Sean Curry of the London Orthopedic Clinic, said that recovery times differ considerably in each case.

Federer plans to play tennis again in March

As long as his rehabilitation process goes well, Federer is scheduled to play his next tennis match March 7. It would be the Masters 1000, which is to take place in Indian Wells, California. He also hopes to play in a match in Miami that also takes place in March.

Then, the tennis season starts to ramp up for the French Open in Paris, a tourney that Federer has only won once in 2009.

Richard Krajicek, who is the organizer of the Rotterdam tournament, said he learned Tuesday about the Federer knee surgery, and that is was a big setback for both them and the fans, and that he hoped that Federer would be back to play again in the tournament next year.

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