Roger Federer Pulls Out of French Open

PARIS — After profitable a grueling third-round match that completed properly after midnight, Roger Federer put an finish to his French Open, withdrawing from the match on Sunday.

Federer, 39, was scheduled to face ninth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy within the fourth spherical on Monday, however determined he didn’t need to threat pushing himself past his consolation zone.

Federer, seeded eighth, was taking part in in solely his third match within the final 16 months after two knee operations in 2020. Though he gained the French Open in 2009 and has had sturdy clay-court leads to his profession, he dominated out his probabilities of profitable earlier than this 12 months’s match even started, recognizing that he had performed too little to have the ability to succeed on clay in an extended collection of best-of-five-set matches.

Federer, the oldest participant on this 12 months’s males’s singles match, was additionally in a brutal half of the draw. It contains his two foremost rivals: No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic and No. three seeded Rafael Nadal, a 13-time French Open champion.

“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,” Federer mentioned in an announcement. “I’m thrilled I have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court.”