Paris, Jun 6 (EFE).- Roger Federer on Sunday withdrew from the French Open after booking a spot at the tournament’s fourth round.
On Saturday, the 39-year-old was victorious over Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in a match that lasted three hours and 35 minutes.
“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 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court,” he said in a statement released by the French Open.
The 20-time grand slam winner added he had to undergo two knee surgeries and spent a year of rehabilitation in 2020.
This is Federer’s first time to withdraw from a grand slam tournament after he has started it and the fifth in his entire career. He pulled out from Rome in 2019, the ATP World Tour Finals in 2014, Doha in 2012 and Masters 1000 in 2008.
However, he has never retired during a match in the 1,519 clashes he played throughout his career.
Federer, who won the French Open title once in 2009, had been due to take on Matteo Berrettini in the last 16 on Monday.EFE