For the second time in six days, one in every of tennis’ high stars has withdrawn from the French Open.
The primary was world No. 2 Naomi Osaka, who on Monday withdrew from Roland Garros, citing preservation of her psychological well being. Then, on Sunday, world No. 8 and the French Open’s 8-seed Roger Federer withdrew after his third match — one which went three hours and 35 minutes. It ended at roughly 1 a.m. native time in Paris in entrance of an empty courtroom on account of Paris’ 9 p.m. curfew amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was clear Federer’s Saturday match with Dominik Koepfer — which the previous received in 4 units, 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4) 7-5 — exhausted the 39-year-old tennis star. Talking to media after the match, he mulled over whether or not he would withdraw:
“I imply, each match right here or at Geneva, I’ve to reassess the state of affairs after the match and see how the knee feels the subsequent morning,” Federer mentioned. “So from that standpoint for me, it is all the time like that. There isn’t any distinction after a match like this, however perhaps much more so after a match like this that has been lengthy.
“Like I defined earlier than, I’ve not been by way of three-and-a-half-hour battles in observe both.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who received in Paris in 2009, was slated to play 9-seed Matteo Berrettini on Monday. The Italian will now play the winner of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti within the quarterfinals.
Roland Garros broke the information Sunday that Federer would withdraw from the match:
Federer later launched his personal assertion:
“After discussions with my staff, I’ve determined I might want to pull out of the French Open right now,” Federer mentioned. “After two knee surgical procedures and over a 12 months of rehabilitation it’s vital that I take heed to my physique and ensure I don’t push myself too rapidly on my street to restoration.
“I’m thrilled to have gotten three matches below my belt. There isn’t any better feeling than being again on courtroom.”
Federer underwent arthroscopic surgical procedure on his proper knee in February 2020, withdrawing from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open to offer time for his knee to get better. Later that June, a setback in his preliminary rehabilitation necessitated an extra arthroscopic process, pushing his rehabilitation timeline to 13 months.
This isn’t the primary time Federer has withdrawn from competitors this season. He additionally withdrew from the 2021 Australian Open, returning to his first ATP Tour occasion since present process surgical procedure on the 2021 Qatar Open. There, he received his opening match earlier than shedding within the quarterfinals. He later withdrew from the Dubai Open as properly.