Roger Federer had pulled out of French Open after a tiring 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in three hours and 39 minutes.
On Sunday, the French Open released a statement saying the 20-time major champion had withdrawn from the tournament.
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“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today,” Federer stated.
The Swiss had advanced to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the 68th time, and extended his all-time record for most Round of 16 appearances at the Grand Slams.
He underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and had played only three matches going into Roland Garros.
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— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
“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,” the 39-year-old added.
“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”
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 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.”
Ninth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini receives a walkover into the quarterfinals, where he awaits either world No.1 Novak Djokovic or 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
The 20-time Grand Slam title winner has always said Wimbledon is his priority this year. He is chasing a ninth title at the All England Club where the action starts on June 28.
He is also scheduled to play the warm-up grass court tournament in Halle beginning on June 14, the day after the French Open ends.