Federer opts out of Indian Wells

Roger Federer has revealed that he will return to action at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, since the former world number one is still recovering from knee surgery.

The 34-year-old Swiss star went under the knife to repair the torn meniscus he suffered during his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals last month.

The 17-time grand slam winner expected to be out of action for approximately a month, but revealed on Friday that he has not quite recovered yet and will therefore miss next month’s Indian Wells Masters.

Instead, he aims to return to action at the start of the claycourt season.

“The rehab for my knee is going really well. I have now had a lot of great practices on the court and in the gym. As it is a long year, I don’t want to push it too hard and come back too soon,” he said in a statement on his Facebook page.

“Thus, I will unfortunately not be able to make it back in time for the great event in Indian Wells but I do plan on playing in the desert next year.

“After consultation with my team, I have decided to enter the Monte Carlo Masters. Thanks for the support and I will see you back on tour soon.”

The Monte Carlo Masters starts on April 10.