Roger Federer, 8 ATP, withdrew from the Roland Garros tournament, where he qualified for the round of 16.
Federer was to face Italian Matteo Berrettini, 9 ATP, on Monday.
“After consulting with my team, I decided today that I must retire from the Roland tournament. After two knee surgeries and a year of recovery, it is important to listen to my body and not return to competition too quickly. I’m glad I won three games. There is no better feeling than to return to the field “, transmitted the Swiss champion, quoted by the organizers.
In fact, Federer stated on Saturday night that he is thinking if he will play in the eighth.
“I don’t know if I will play the eighth game” at Roland Garros, Federer said after the very demanding match, of almost four hours, with the German Dominik Koepfer (59 ATP) from the third round.
Federer won hard, in four sets, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5.
“I have to decide whether I will continue or not. I will see the next day if there is any risk if I force or maybe rest will catch me well. At each game I have to re-evaluate the situation and see the next day how I wake up and how my knee is “, said the Swiss, referring to the grass tournament at Halle which will start on June 14.
Operated twice on his right knee in 2020, Federer, who will turn 40 this year, returned to the Doha tournament in March after a one-year absence.
Federer has announced his priorities for 2021, his soul tournament at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23-August 8), the gold medal in singles being the only one he lacks in his prestigious record.
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