Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Roger Federer withdraws from French Open; Wimbledon weeks away

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After a grueling third-round victory and Wimbledon just weeks away, Federer withdraws from The French Open.

Roger Federer always viewed the 2021 French Open as a step in his comeback from knee operations, rather than somewhere he seriously could achieve a title. So The 20-time Grand Slam champion pulled out from Roland Garros by Sunday, a day after he barely came out a four-set win that lasted until nearly 1 a.m., and a day before that, he was supposed to face No. 9 seeded Matteo Berrettini with a quarterfinal place at stake.

Federer, in a statement released by the French tennis federation,

Over a year of rehabilitation and after two knee surgeries, I must listen to my body and make sure I don't push myself too rapidly on my road to recovery.

I am very stimulated to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no more incredible feeling than being back on the court. 

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Federer's potential withdrawal has made it crystal clear last month that he did not see himself as ready to withstand the French Open title. He said,

I'm just pragmatic, and I know I will not win the French, and whoever thought I would or could beat it is wrong.

federer wimbeldon play tennis backhand 2021Federer Playing a Backhand in a Wimbledon Match

The grass-court Slam he has won a men's record eight times.

This year, he had played just three matches before making an appearance in Paris for the clay-court Slam, where Federer won the trophy in 2009 and was the runner-up to 13 times champion Rafael Nadal four other times.
Federer, who turns 40 on Aug 8, competed at the first major tournament since the 2020 Australian Open.

A short time after that event, Federer had the first operation on his right knee and wound up missing the season. At the All England Club on June 28, Federer scheduled to play at the All England Club on June 28, playing a tournament on grass in Halle, Germany. Instead, as a part of coronavirus restrictions, a curfew was implemented.
Given his age, no one knows how many more French Open championship appearances Federer might make.

This one ended with him verging 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 over about 3½ hours in a game that began Saturday night in Court Philippe Chatrier and without any bystander, because of a 9 p.m. It also was not broadcast on TV in the United States, instead shown only via a streaming service.

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev, The two-time major finalist, said

Roger is going to feel pain after this match. He's 39. He didn't have a lot of games this year. So I think his body is suffering.
Of course, everyone knows that a Grand Slam is still a goal for Roger Federer. I think Wimbledon is always an excellent chance for him, even when he will be 50 years old. He wants to do his best to construct.

Tournament director Guy Forget, in a statement, said,

The Roland Garros tournament is feeling wrong about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last match.
We were all happy to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level games.

Since got beaten him at the third round in 2004, That tapering win allowed the No. 8-seeded Roger Federer to avoid what would have been his earliest loss in Paris.
It will be Berrettini, a 2019 US Open semifinalist, who moves along to his first quarterfinal at Roland Garros French Open.

Next, he will encounter the winner of Monday's match between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and unseeded 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti of Italy for a place in the semifinals. Whoever wins from that part of the bracket will take on Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Nadal is demanding to earn a record-extending 14th championship title at the French Open, which could give him 21 Grand Slam titles overall, falls to pieces the men's mark he presently shares with Federer. It was the first time at any Grand Slam tournament that Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic were in the same half of the field. In addition, this was the first time in Federer's career that he gave a Grand Slam opponent a walkover.

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