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Roger Federer withdraws from Roland-Garros

The former world No 1 has opted not to play on after a gruelling third-round encounter against Dominik Koepfer

Roger Federer at Geneva in 2021 Roger Federer at Geneva in 2021 © AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Former world No 1 Roger Federer has decided to withdraw from Roland-Garros following his gruelling third-round win over Dominik Koepfer.

The Swiss played out a match in Saturday’s night session that lasted over three and a half hours en route to a 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-5 win.

That followed another four-set encounter with Marin Cilic in the second round.

In a statement, Federer said: “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland-Garros 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. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”

Guy Forget, the tournament director, added: “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.”

Federer had hinted after reaching the fourth round – where he was due to play Matteo Berrettini – that he might not be able to continue in the tournament.

“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,” he said. “Because I don’t have the week in between here and Halle, like normal, to see, like, what’s best now if you count back from Wimbledon and so forth.

“It’s just a lot going on, but having a match like this, knowing I could have probably played a fifth set but not knowing how I will wake up tomorrow is interesting, to say the least. Yeah, it’s definitely a different time right now for me.”

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