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Swiss tennis player Roger Federer to miss Rio Olympics due to knee injury
Tennis legend Roger Federer said that he would not play again this year to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer announced this on his Facebook page on Tuesday. In a statement he said, "The silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries."

Federer added, "I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017."

The 17-time Grand Slam champion has been advised by the doctors that if he wants to further continue the sport then he must give proper rest to both the knees and body. The arthroscopic procedure Federer had on his knee in February, repairing torn cartilage, was the first operation of his lengthy and accomplished career.

He returned to action in Monte Carlo in April but then suffered a nasty fall on court during his five-set semi-final defeat by Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, which appears to have caused more damage to his knee.

He is now scheduled to return at the Hopman Cup exhibition team event in Perth next January, but is set to drop to around No. 16 in the world rankings at the end of the year due to his long absence.

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