Crap, not sure I can bear 4 months without watching Fed.
As long as the surgery's a success, though, it may not be the worst thing in the world. This is an Olympics year and the top 2 players are locked in a battle for the #1 ranking. If Fed's fresh in the second half of the year when other players are gassed, then he could pick up some big prizes.
Obviously this puts his AO performances in proper perspective.
Fuck, it really made me sad. I would like Fed to retire on his own terms, I hope he comes back for last one swan song. He took the sport to the next level and I am not talking about tennis only, about sport in general. When he retires he will be remembered like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan or Diego Maradona, forever.
Not necessarily bad news as the last time he took a break it created wonders for him at beginning of 2017. I think he needed another long break. Probably he wants give one big push for Wimbledon-Olympics-US Open period of the season before it is too late. I wonder it would have been a better idea to skip AO all together now and start at grass this year now.
He is probably too old now and surgery could be serious but I would say this is likely an attempt to maximize his chances win another slam before he retires in 2021.
Terrible news for Roger. This could benefit him later on if he recharges his batteries well. The surgery went well, so he should be fine in a few months. He has played enough tennis on grass over the years, so I don't think he will be too undercooked. His ranking will suffer slightly, which could be problematic. Lucky for him, SW19 have their own way of doing things.