Roger Federer Chooses Relaxation, Withdraws From French Open

Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Sunday to present himself an opportunity to get better after rising from a decent third-round victory that lasted about 3 1/2 hours.

“After two knee surgical procedures and over a 12 months of rehabilitation it’s necessary that I take heed to my physique and ensure I don’t push myself too shortly on my street to restoration,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion stated in an announcement launched by the French tennis federation. “I’m thrilled to have gotten 3 matches below my belt. There isn’t any larger feeling than being again on court docket.”

Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8, was competing in his first main event for the reason that 2020 Australian Open. Shortly after that occasion, he had the primary of a pair of operations on his proper knee.

He had performed simply three matches this season earlier than arriving in Paris for the clay-court Slam, which he gained in 2009.

Federer had made clear final month that he didn’t see himself as able to contend for the French Open title this time and as an alternative had his sights on Wimbledon, the grass-court main he has gained a males’s-record eight occasions. Play begins on the All England Membership on June 28.

Federer edged 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 within the third spherical, a match that started Saturday evening and ended as 1 a.m. approached Sunday.

The No. 8-seeded Federer was speculated to play No. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy within the fourth spherical on Monday.

The winner of the match will face both No. 1 Novak Djokovic or unseeded Lorenzo Musetti within the quarterfinals.

“The Roland Garros event is sorry concerning the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an unbelievable struggle final evening,” event director Man Neglect stated in an announcement. “We have been all delighted to see Roger again in Paris, the place he performed three high-level matches. We want him all the perfect for the remainder of the season.”

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