Federer recovering from knee surgery

World number three Roger Federer has confirmed that he had surgery on Wednesday after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semi-final defeat to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

A post on Federer’s Facebook page confirmed the surgery but did not say for how long he will be sidelined or which knee was injured.

He did, however, confirm that he would miss this month’s Rotterdam Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The following appeared on Federer’s Facebook page: “I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I injured my knee the day after the semi-finals in Australia.

“After getting tests done when I returned home, it was determined that I had torn my meniscus. I apologize to my friends in Rotterdam and Dubai, as I was very much looking forward to playing those events.

“While this is an unfortunate setback, I am encouraged and grateful that my doctor said the procedure was a success.

“I am looking forward to attacking the rehabilitation process this afternoon with my team and working hard to get back out on tour as soon as possible.

“Thanks for all your incredible support. I will check in with all of you soon.”