Roger Federer said he would retire from the French Open on Sunday despite reaching the fourth round, focusing on his main goal of winning his ninth Wimbledon title. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, will turn 40 in two months and spent three and a half hours until 12:45 a.m. Sunday, reaching 7-6 (7/5) in the quarterfinals. They beat Dominik Koepfer 59th, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5. “After discussing it with my team, I decided I would have to leave Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said.
“After doing two knee surgeries and rehabilitating them a year earlier, it’s important to listen to my body and make sure I’m not pushing myself too fast on the road to recovery.
“I’m happy to have won three games. There’s no greater feeling than returning to the court.”
– Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
He was due to return to the court on Monday to face Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals.
However, after performing two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star will have to admit that he had doubts about whether he would do so.
Federer has only played in his third Australian Open last year and has always said that Wimbledon is his main goal.
He is chasing his ninth Wimbledon title on June 28th.
A tournament to warm up the grass court in Halle is also scheduled to begin on June 14, the day after the end of the French Open.
Federer, who made his Roland Garros debut in 1999 and was champion in 2009, was playing a night session for the first time in his third-round draw.
However, the 15,000 capacity of the Philippe Chatrier Court was left almost empty as a result of a Covid-19 cover.
It is likely that Federer’s last appearance in the tournament. This year’s return has only been his second participation since 2015.
“The Roland Garros tournament is a pity for the retirement of Roger Federer, who fought a horrible fight last night,” said tournament director Guy Forget.
“We were all delighted to see Roger in Paris, who played three top-level games. We wish him the best of the season.”
After winning his game, Federer said he was marching himself in his recovery.
“All the games I’ve played since the injury are information for the rest of the season,” he added.
“It gives me great joy to be able to play at a high level for 3 hours and 30 minutes against a very good player. It shows that I am on the right track.”
His performances won rave reviews from his opponents after the TV match.
“I’m not at all worried about the results of this match,” tweeted Britain’s Andy Murray, the former world number one and three-time major winner.
“Federer’s 39 knee knee surgery in the back of the 39’s playing in the empty field at 12.30 is just inspiring for me. Do what you love.”
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