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Roger Federer's Knee Injury Shows How Close Tennis Is to a Star-Power Crisis

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer during Kids' Day at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer during Kids' Day at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2013 U.S. Open.Associated Press
Merlisa Lawrence CorbettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2017

Roger Federer's knee surgery caught the tennis world by surprise. While the 17-time Grand Slam champion expects to miss only a month away from the ATP World Tour, his pending absence alerts us to how close tennis is to a star-power crisis. 

Federer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in Switzerland early this week. He suffered a torn meniscus after his loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2016 Australian Open semifinals. 

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