New Delhi: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, withdrew from the competition on Sunday even after reaching the pre-quarterfinals of the French Open. The 39-year-old Federer defeated 59th-ranked Dominic Kopfer of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a tight match.
Federer pulls out of French Open
The 20-time Grand Slam winner defeated Kopfer in a match that lasted three hours and 39 minutes. In the pre-quarterfinals, Federer was to face ninth seed Matteo Berrettini. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure that I’m sure,” Federer, a former World No. 1 and on the hunt for his 21st Grand Slam title, said in a statement. I don’t push myself on the path of recovery too quickly.’
Federer missed out on 21st title
The organizers quoted Federer as saying, ‘After discussions with my team, I have decided that I will have to withdraw from Roland-Garro today. I am thrilled to have won three matches. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court. According to the BBC report, Federer had reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the 68th time, which is a record. He is followed by Novak Djokovic (54) of Serbia and 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal (50) of Spain.
had surgery last year
Federer had knee surgery twice last year and was playing only his third tournament since the Australian Open 2020. Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer is a 21-time Grand Slam winner and his favorite Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon is to start on June 28 and Federer’s participation in it is not decided.