Why did Roger Federer withdraw from Roland-Garros? The tennis star explains his decision to forgo three matches in
For the second time in six days, one of the best tennis stars has withdrawn from Roland-Garros.
The first was world number 2 Naomi Osaka, who on Monday withdrew from Roland Garros, citing the preservation of his sanity. Then, on Sunday, world No. 8 and Roland Garros 8 seed, Roger Federer, retired after his third game – a match that lasted three hours and 35 minutes. It ended around 1 a.m. local Paris time in an empty court due to the 9 p.m. curfew in Paris amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was clear that Federer’s match on Saturday with Dominik Koepfer – which the former won in four sets, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) 7-5 – exhausted tennis. 39 years old. Star. Speaking to the media after the game, he questioned whether he would step down:
“I mean, in every game here or in Geneva I have to reassess the situation after the game and see how the knee feels the next morning,” Federer said. “So from that point of view for me it’s always like that. There is no difference after a game like this, but maybe even more after a game like this which was long. .
“As I explained before, I also did not participate in three and a half hour fights in training.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, winner in Paris in 2009, was to face Matteo Berrettini, 9 seeds, on Monday. The Italian will now face the winner of world No.1 Novak Djokovic or 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti in the quarter-finals.
Roland Garros announced on Sunday that Federer would withdraw from the tournament:
Federer then released his own statement:
“After discussions with my team, I have decided that I have to retire from Roland Garros today,” said Federer. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure that I don’t push myself too quickly on the road to recovery.
“I’m delighted to have had three games under my belt. There’s no better feeling than being back on the pitch.”
Federer underwent arthroscopy on his right knee in February 2020, retiring from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros to give his knee time to recover. Later in June, a setback in her initial rehabilitation required additional arthroscopic surgery, pushing her rehabilitation time to 13 months.
This is not the first time that Federer has retired from competition this season. He also has withdrew from the 2021 Australian Open, returning to his first event on the ATP Tour since undergoing surgery at the 2021 Qatar Open. There, he won his opener before losing in the quarter-finals. He later withdrew from the Dubai Open as well as.