, Roger Federer suddenly quits, Nzuchi Times

Roger Federer suddenly quits

, Roger Federer suddenly quits, Nzuchi Times

Roger Federer has stunned the tennis world by pulling out of the French Open.

The Swiss maestro took to Twitter to announce his withdrawal from the year’s second grand slam, saying he needs to look after his body.

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“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today,” he said in a statement.

“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 that being back on court. See everyone soon!”

French Open tournament director Guy Forget said: “The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night.

“We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

This year was the first time Federer had contested the French Open since 2015.

The 20-time grand slam champion had played well in his first three outings at Roland Garros, defeating Denis Istomin, Dominik Koepfer and Marin Cilic.

He found himself in the unusual position of playing his third round match against Koepfer past midnight and in front of no crowd. Federer battled over three and a half hours until well past midnight to reach the last 16 with a 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5 win over the world No. 59.

He was due to tackle Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.

However, having undergone two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star had admitted there were doubts over whether he’d make it.

Federer is playing only his third tournament since last year’s Australian Open and has always said Wimbledon is his main goal.

After his four-set marathon against Koepfer on Sunday, the writing was on the wall.

“I’d prefer to be in Rafa’s or Novak’s shoes right now. I’m feeling good. If I’m playing well, I’m winning. I don’t have that feeling right now,” Federer said in the first indication that he was not planning to reappear for his last 16 clash with Berrettini.

“I need to decide if I keep on playing or is it not too much risk at this moment to keep on pushing. Is this just a perfect way to just take a rest?

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

With AFP

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