Roger Federer said Sunday he was once withdrawing from the vinaigrette Open despite having reached the fourth round, opting to concentrate on his primary objective of winning a ninth Wimbledon title. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, who will be 40 in two months’ time, battled over three and a half hours until 12:45 Sunday morning to succeed in the final 16 with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer. “After discussions with my team, I’ve made up our minds I will be able to wish to pull out of Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it will be important that I listen to my body and ensure I don’t push myself too quickly on my street to recovery.
“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There’s no greater feeling than being back on court.”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
He was once due back on court on Monday to tackle Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.
Alternatively, having undergone two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star had admitted there were doubts over if he’d make it.
Federer is playing only his third tournament since final year’s Australian Open and has at all times said Wimbledon is his main goal.
He’s chasing a ninth title at Wimbledon which starts on June 28.
He’s also scheduled to play the warm-up grass court tournament in Halle beginning on June 14, the day after the vinaigrette Open ends.
Federer, who made his Roland Garros debut in 1999 and was once champion in 2009, was once playing a night session for the first time in his third round tie.
Alternatively, the nearly empty 15,000-capacity Court Philippe Chatrier was once eerily silent because of a Covid-19 curfew.
It is likely that this was once Federer’s last appearance at the tournament. His return this year was once only his second participation since 2015.
“The Roland Garros tournament is sorry approximately the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up a fantastic fight final night,” said Guy Omit, the tournament director.
“We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We would like him the entire best for the remainder of the season.”
After winning his match, Federer said that he was once pacing himself in his recovery.
“All of the matches I’ve played since the injury are information for the remainder of the season,” he added.
“It gives me great pleasure with the intention to play 3hr 30min at a high level against a very good player. It shows that I’m on target.”
His performance won rave reviews from rivals following the match on television.
“I am not bothered by the outcome of this match at all,” tweeted Britain’s Andy Murray, a former world number one and three-time major winner.
“Just seeing Federer at 39 off the back of 2 knee surgeries playing to an empty stadium at 12.30am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you love.”
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