French Open 2021: Roger Federer serves a shocker, could withdraw from Roland Garros despite winning in Rd 3

French Open 2021: Roger Federer hints at withdrawal from Roland Garros despite winning in Round 3 to keep himself fresh for Wimbledon 2021

Roger Federer French Open: Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is contemplating withdrawal from the ongoing Roland Garros despite winning his third-round match on Saturday midnight that went through to Sunday midnight. In three and half hour’s battle, Federer slammed the door on Dominik Koepfer in four sets — 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to book a place in the Round of 16 but it has taken a toll on his knees.

“I don’t know if I am going to play. I have to decide whether or not to continue playing. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it a good time to rest?” said Roger Federer, who will turn 40 in two months’ time.

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Roger Federer French Open – Furthermore, he will need to play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in a fourth-round match on Monday with less than 24 hours of rest, making it difficult for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to continue. Roger Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 to prolong his career and eye a record 21st Grand Slam.

French Open 2021 is his only 3rd tournament in 2021 after Qatar Open and Geneva Open as he continues to choose tournaments and gather steam for the all-important and probably his last Wimbledon. Hence, with an eye on Wimbledon which will start on June 28, Roger Federer could opt to rest and withdraw from the remainder of the French Open 2021.

Roger Federer French Open – However, both Roger Federer and Roland Garros might have hinted at his withdrawal with cryptic tweets without officially confirming it. Federer posted a tweet with pictures of Court Philippe Chatrier stadium saying, “There’s nothing quite like it.” Roland Garros’ Twitter handle posted an image of Federer with the caption, “See you soon, bye”.

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“Every match I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing. It may be even more true after a match as long as the one tonight,” Roger Federer said after the match. Roger Federer will feature in Halle Open, scheduled for June 14, to prepare for Wimbledon.

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