Swiss Tennis Legend Roger Federer serves a shocker as he is considering withdrawal from the ongoing Roland Garros despite winning his third-round match against Dominik Koepfer.
In three and a half-hour of intense battle, Federer slammed the door on Dominik Koepfer in four sets 7-6(7-5), 6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-4),7-5 to book a place in the Round 16 , but it has taken a toll on his knees.
“I don’t know if I am going to play. I have to decide whether or not to continue playing. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest?” said Roger Federer, who will turn 40 in two months.
The 20 time Grand Slam Champion Title Winner who had earlier underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and is playing only his third tournament since last year’s Australian Open has always said that Wimbledon is his priority this year. He is chasing a record ninth title at Wimbledon which starts on June 28.
French Open 2021 is his third major tournament in 2021 after Qatar Open and Geneva Open as he continues to choose tournaments and gather steam for the all-important and probably his last Wimbledon.
Hence, with an eye on Wimbledon which will start in less than a month, Roger Federer could opt to rest and withdraw from the remainder of the French Open 2021.
Furthermore, if he continues to play French Open then he had to face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in a fourth-round match on Monday with less than 24 hours of rest, making it difficult for the 20 time Grand Slam Champion to continue.
“Every match I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing. It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight,” Roger Federer said after the match.
However, there is speculation that both Roger Federer and Roland Garros have hinted at his withdrawal with some cryptic tweets.Federer posted a tweet with pictures of Court Philippe Chatrier Stadium saying,” There’s nothing quite like it”and Roland Garros’s Twitter handles posted an image of Federer with the caption,” See you Soon, Bye”.
Moreover, Roger Federer is also scheduled to play the warm-up grass-court tournament in Halle beginning on June 14, the day after the French Open ends.