Roger Federer has announced via social media his decision to withdraw from the ongoing French Open. The decision is not a huge surprise after what he had to say in his post match press conference after a hard-fought third round win over Dominik Koepfer.
“We go through these matches, you know, we analyze them highly and look on what’s next and will do the same tonight and tomorrow latest, because I need to decide if I keep on playing or not or is it not too much risk at this moment to keep on pushing or is this just a perfect way to just take a rest.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion had mentioned before the tournament started that he didn’t have too many expectations at this year’s French Open and that it would serve him better as helping him get match practice before Wimbledon 2021.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
The decision to withdraw is something that his fans wouldn’t have wished to hear but the 39-year-old Swiss feels the best decision has been made.
“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today. After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery. I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt,” as stated by Federer in his post on social media.
The Swiss feels he’s achieved what he wanted to this week and Wimbledon is what he wants to really target this year. The last time Roger Federer appeared at Wimbledon, he lost in a thrilling final to Novak Djokovic.
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