Federer sidelined after knee surgery


Roger Federer has had knee surgery and will miss tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai this month.

“Roger Federer underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus,” a statement on his official website said Wednesday.

It is a rare injury setback for the 34-year-old Federer, who has had relatively minor back problems in 2008 and 2013.

The statement did not specify which knee is injured, though it said it happened last Friday, one day after his Australian Open semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic.

His next scheduled tournament is in Indian Wells, California, starting March 7.