Roger Federer withdraws before his round of 16 at Roland Garros


Will Roger Federer’s last match at Roland Garros have been a night-time match behind closed doors? The day after his victory in the evening against Dominik Koepfer in the round of 16, in 3:35, the Swiss in any case forfeited his round of 16 scheduled for Monday, against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.

“After discussing with my team, I decided that I had to withdraw from the Roland-Garros tournament today”, writes the Swiss tennis player who will celebrate his 40th birthday in two months, in a press release posted on social networks.

“After two knee operations and more than a year of rehabilitation, it is important that I listen to my body and that I do not go too quickly in the return to competition. I am delighted to have won three matches. There is no better feeling than being back on the pitch. “

Roger Federer, currently 8th player in the world, had prepared the ground at a press conference on Saturday, underlines this Sunday “The Team”.

“The question is: why take a risk that I don’t have to take? I must remember it to myself: why am I here? What is the objective of the season? This is not the title at Roland Garros. I’m going to have to decide if I keep playing or not, if it’s not too risky to keep pushing on the machine, or if it’s not the perfect way to get some rest. “

Roger Federer, during his match against Dominik Koepfer, this Saturday, June 5, at night and behind closed doors.

A last match that is debated

The director of the Parisian Grand Slam, Guy Forget said he regretted the withdrawal of the Swiss: “The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry for the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who delivered a magnificent fight last night (Saturday). We were all delighted with his return to Paris where he played three high-level matches. We wish him the best for the rest of the season. “

This is only the fifth time in his career, the first in Major, that Federer withdraws during the tournament, recalls “the Team”, after Bercy in 2008, Doha in 2012, the Masters in 2014 and Rome in 2019.

Roger Federer, during his match against Dominik Koepfer, this Saturday, June 5, at night and behind closed doors.

Roger Federer, during his match against Dominik Koepfer, this Saturday, June 5, at night and behind closed doors.

With the withdrawal of the Swiss, the controversy over his Saturday night match, scheduled at night, behind closed doors and … exclusively on Amazon Prime video, is relaunched. Roger Federer’s last match at Roland Garros could therefore have been one of the most confidential. A possible exit by the small door which enraged the supporters of the tennis player.



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