Roger Federer TAKES OUT OF French Open due to fitness issues, tells fans ‘it’s important I listen to my body’ less than 24 hours after beating Dominik Koepfer
- Roger Federer, 39, has withdrawn from the French Open in the fourth round
- On Saturday evening, the Swiss won against the German Dominik Koepfer
- He hinted that it would be more beneficial for his body if he left
- The announcement came on Sunday ahead of his match with Matteo Berrettini
Roger Federer decided to save himself for the lawns and Wimbledon today by withdrawing from the fourth round of the French Open tomorrow.
The 39-year-old Swiss, who was scheduled for Saturday night’s late session, completed his four-set victory over Germany’s Dominik Koepfer at 12:43 PM.
He hinted afterwards that with his performance next week at the ATP event in Halle, he would be better off from his last sixteen encounter with Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open after he noticed problems with his condition
The call comes a day after a tired three hours and 35 minutes victory over Dominik Koepfer
Federer duly did that this afternoon, knowing he has a much better chance of success on grass than on clay.
His last appearance in Paris may turn out to be a winning performance in front of an empty stadium, due to the current curfew in the French capital.
“After consultation with my team, I have decided that I should withdraw from Roland-Garros today,” he said.
Koepfer lost his composure after a marginal call at 30-40 at a crucial point in the fourth set
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehab, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on the road to recovery. I am very happy that I got 3 matches under my belt.
“There’s no better feeling than being back on the track.”
An official tournament statement read: “The Roland-Garros tournament regrets the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible battle last night.
“We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches.
“We wish him all the best for the rest of the season,” said Guy Forget, Tournament Director.’
Due to the curfew at 9 p.m., no fans were allowed to watch the three-hour, 35-minute game