The Swiss Roger Federer questioned his continuity in the Roland Garros tournament after having battled more than three and a half hours on the night from Saturday to Sunday to defeat German Dominik Koepfer (59th) in four sets and qualify among the 16 best of the Parisian Grand Slam.
“I don’t know if I’m going to play” in the round of 16 at Roland Garros against Matteo Berrettini, declared Federer. “I have to decide whether to keep playing or not. Isn’t it too risky to continue forcing (my knee)? Isn’t it the right time to rest?” June and that the season will start on grass.
After returning to competition in March after two operations on his right knee in 2020, Federer made Wimbledon your priority goal. However, the former number 1 must analyze the situation in the face of each commitment.
“In each game, I must re-evaluate the situation and see the next day in the morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing. Perhaps even more so after a game as long as today,” said the tennis player who currently ranks 8th in the ranking.
Roger Federer, who plays his first Grand Slam after 16 months, qualified for the round of 16 after an intense match of more than three and a half hours with German Dominik Koepfer (59th), whom he defeated 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, on the night shift and behind closed doors.
Federer, champion of the Parisian Grand Slam in 2009, probably lives his last participation in Porte d’Auteuil, on a postcard that will surely go down in history when seeing the empty stands due to the curfew established in France to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
“It was a completely different match. My first night session at Roland Garros, in front of … nobody,” declared Federer. “But i adore tennis, I love to play, “he added.
The Swiss Roger Federer advances at Roland Garros. AP Photo
“If it had been full (the stadium), I would be perhaps more nervous at the end. It was perhaps the only advantage tonight, that there was no one, I was very calm,” he confessed.
Federer had yet to play a closed-door match, a circumstance he escaped having been away from the circuit in 2020.
At the end of the game, the Swiss added a point more than Koepfer (160 by 159).
Among some data that this Saturday’s game left is that it was the first time in 424 Grand Slam matches that Federer played the first three sets in a tie-break.
The Swiss, who will soon be 40 years old, had not played a Grand Slam for 16 months.
Federer, with 20 Grand Slam titles to his credit, is trying to regain his best level after a double operation on his right knee in 2020.
With information from AFP