Paris: Former world number one Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open a day after winning his third-round match, organisers said on Sunday (June 6).
After discussions with my team, I decided that I should withdraw from the French Open today. After two knee operations and more than a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and not rush back into competition,” 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer said in a statement released by the French tennis federation.
The Roland Garros tournament organisers have learned that Roger Federer has withdrawn from the fourth round of the tournament,” read an official statement.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
Federer on Saturday had stormed into the fourth round of the ongoing French Open. He defeated German lefty Dominik Koepfer in a grueling 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-5 battle to reach the last 16 of the tournament.
The 39-year-old began well as he served smartly. But his 59th-ranked German opponent immediately showed that the game was not going to be a cakewalk as he hit heavy groundstrokes on both wings to keep the Swiss back.
The German tennis player took the second set to break Federer’s rhythm. But after battling hard the Swiss tennis maestro got over the line as he won the next two sets to sail into the fourth round.