The departure of Roger Federer from the French Open paves the way for the Swiss Legend to secure his Grand Slam Legacy at Wimbledon, where he hopes to win his ninth title and 21st major. With just 40 months to go before his 40th birthday, Federer was well aware that the chances of adding a second Roland Garros title to his Sole victory in 2009 were slim and not among them. He has lost four finals in Paris, all against Rafael Nadal. His last appearance in the tournament was in 2011.
Nadal 21 could also be the first man in the Grand Slam with another open victory in France next weekend.
If Nadal is the undisputed 13-time Roland Garros heavyweight champion against two defeats that have resulted in 103 defeats, then Federer will rule at the All England Club.
Federer has eight titles at Wimbledon and has 101 wins in his career against 13 losses.
There were almost nine titles in 2019 when Novak Djokovic scored two points in the tournament against Nemesis in his other career in the epic final.
It wasn’t always hard to dig deeper into the Paris draw that Federer had only played for the second time since 2015.
In the quarterfinals he faced world-class Djokovic.
If he had overcome that, Nadal would probably have been waiting for him in the semi-finals.
So in the third round draw that ended before 1am on Sunday morning after Dominik Koepfer won four Marathon victories, the writing was on the wall.
Too much risk
“I’d rather be in the shoes of Rafa or Novak right now. I feel good. If I’m playing well, I’m winning. I don’t have that feeling right now,” they said in the first statement. that he had no intention of reappearing on Monday for his last 16 fights with Matteo Berrettini.
“I have to decide if I can continue to play or if there isn’t a lot of risk to keep pushing at the moment. Is this the perfect way to take a break?
“Because I don’t have a week between here and Halle, as usual, to see what’s best now if you tell me from Wimbledon.”
In Paris, Federer was only playing his third tournament since making the 2020 Australian Open semi-finals.
Last year, they had two knee surgeries.
The French Open was a week away from the physical condition of the season on the grass court, plus the headache of Federé’s programming.
Wimbledon will start on June 28, but will also play in the Hall Warm-up Grass Championship starting on June 14 – the day after the end of the French Open.
When Federer returned to action in Doha in March this year, his stance was clear.
Everything was focused on Wimbledon and they intended to be “100% ready” by then.
“I’ll see how much workload my body and knees still take and what’s basically the best way for me to prepare all the way to the start of the season, which is grass court season,” he admitted.
After examining his position overnight, Federer confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the 19th French Open and probably the last one was over.
“After discussing it with my team, I decided that I would have to leave Roland Garros.
“After doing two knee surgeries and rehabilitating them a year earlier, it’s important to listen to my body and push myself quickly so that I don’t get in the way of recovery.”
If it was a ‘goodbye’ to Paris that ended Saturday night / Sunday morning, it was a shame.
Federer entered the afternoon session, but was only seen by his team and a few authorities and the media because of the cover of Covid-19.
As a result, 15,000 people in the Philippe Chatrier court were fans and lacking in atmosphere.
“I was really representing a lot of people on Saturday night maybe checking out the match and watching some tennis,” Federer said.
“So in so many ways, I was playing for them too and I was trying to let that inspire me.”
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