Roger Federer withdraws from Indian Wells

Roger Federer has withdrawn from Indian Wells next month – but has said that he hopes to be fit in time for Monte Carlo in April.

The former world number one suffered a knee injury after the Australian Open, which necessitated surgery. He is now undergoing rehab and planning his on-court comeback – but it will not be as soon as he hoped.

Federer posted on Facebook: “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. 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 Rolex Masters. Thanks for the support and I will see you back on tour soon.”

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