Two world-famous Russian numbers Daniil Medvedev on Sunday helped Roger Federer win Wimbledon “50” after the Swiss Veteran came out of the French Open. Federer, the 20-time overall winner, has left the tournament despite already reaching the final 16. “We all know that a Grand Slam is still a goal for him. I think Wimbledon is always there even when he turns 50,” Medvedev said. “It’s a great opportunity for him. He wants to do as much as he can to prepare.” Federer, who turns 40 in two months, said he would retire from Roland Garros, focusing on his first goal of winning his ninth Wimbledon title.
“After two knee surgeries and a year of rehabilitation, it’s important to listen to my body and make sure I’m not pushing myself too fast on the road to recovery,” he said.
Federer fought for more than three and a half hours until 12:45 on Sunday morning in the last sixteen to win 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 over Dominic To Koepfer 59th.
He was due to return to the court on Monday to face Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals.
Medvedev got what was criticized by Federer for retiring after the match and it was not wrong that Koepfer would allow him to move forward before.
“If Koepfer wants to be in the next round, sorry, he had to win Roger,” Medevedev said.
“It doesn’t matter if he retires after that. That’s how tennis is. To be in the next round, you have to beat your opponent.”
“I don’t see why it should be criticized. At the same time I understand the people who do that. Me, I’m not going to criticize.”
Medvedev made it to the French Open quarter-finals for the first time and will face fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to secure a place in the final four.
Medvedev, who didn’t win a Roland Garros game this year, beat Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in the final 16 tie.
Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals in 2020, beat Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
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