Roger Federer could end his French internationals career that spanned four decades with a forced withdrawal on Sunday as the 39-year-old rests his tired bones for an assault on his main goal, a ninth Wimbledon Title.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will turn 40 in two months, fought for three and a half hours until 12:45 am Sunday morning to reach the bottom 16 in Paris.

He is due back on the pitch on Monday to face Matteo berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.

However, after undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star admitted there were doubts he would succeed.

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“I don’t know if I will play” said Roger Federer who was still likely to play his last Roland Garros.

“I have to decide whether to continue or not. Is it too risky to keep putting pressure on the knee? Is it the right time to rest?

“Every game, I have to reassess the situation and see how I wake up the next morning and how my knee is doing.

“It may be even more true after a game as long as this evening.”

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If his edge 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 wins over the 59th Dominik koepfer was his last match in Paris, it will be remembered as a captivating affair on the pitch, but soulless outside.

Due to a government-imposed Covid-19 curfew, the Philippe Chatrier tribunal was devoid of fans and atmosphere.

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

He is chasing a ninth title at Wimbledon which will begin on June 28.

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He should also play the warm-up tournament on grass in Halle from June 14, the day after the end of Roland-Garros.

Federer, who made his Roland Garros debut in 1999 and was champion in 2009, was playing a night session for the first time.

However, the nearly empty 15,000-seat court was strangely silent.

“I might have been more nervous if the stadium had been full” added Federer.

“All the matches I have played since the injury are information for the rest of the season.

“It makes me really happy to be able to play 3h30 at a high level against a very good player. It shows that I am on the right track.

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Source: www.thesouthafrican.com
This notice was published: 2021-06-06 09:34:33

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