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Roger Federer admits injury 'has been rough on him' as he confirms plans for Wimbledon return

Roger Federer says he 'hopes' to have one last Wimbledon in him, but he admits his knee injury has been much worse than he expected.
Roger Federer in the Wimbledon parade of champions

Roger Federer has confirmed he 'hopes' he has one last Wimbledon in his career, but his knee injury has been much worse than he first thought.

No man has won more Wimbledon titles that Federer, who stands alone in the all-time list with eight to his name.

The tournament is being held without him in the draw for the first time this century, but he still had his moment on Centre Court as part of a parade of champions to celebrate it's 100-year anniversary - and he had some exciting news for fans.

"I've been lucky enough to play a lot of matches on this court," Federer said. "It feels awkward to be here today in a different type of role.

"It's great to be here with all the other champions. This court has given me my biggest wins and my biggest losses. I hope I can come back one more time."

Roger Federer has had a torrid time with injuries in the last two-and-a-half years.

In February 2020 he announced he would have some keyhole knee surgery, but he was expected to be fit again for Wimbledon that year.

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Wimbledon that year, of course, never happened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Federer has since had two more operations on his knee.

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The most recent came just after Wimbledon last year, although he is hoping to return to tennis in September for the Laver Cup.

"I've missed it here," he admitted. "I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead.

"I maybe didn't think it was going to take this long to come back - the knee has been rough on me.

"It's been a good year regardless of tennis. We're happy at home. I didn't know if I should make the trip but I'm happy standing here right now."

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