Roger Federer returned to Doha court in March after skipping 13 months due to a knee injury that required two surgeries last year. The Swiss defeated Dan Evans in a tight encounter before taking another break, wasting match points with Nicolos Basilabili.
Roger entered Geneva and Roland Garros in clay, shaped and returned to its best condition ahead of Halle and Wimbledon. At the age of 39, Roger won three times in Paris and advanced to the last 16 as the oldest player in the open era.
Roger launched his Paris campaign by beating Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 33 minutes in almost 500 days of major games. The Swiss, who played sharp and aggressive tennis, lost 13 points from the first shot and continued to put pressure on the other side to control the scoreboard.
Federer converted five of the 13 breaks and raced across the finish line. In the second round, Roger defeated his old rival Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 35 minutes to reach the final 32. Federer won Cilic for the tenth time in 11 encounters. He fired 16 aces five times in a row, suffered three breaks from the eight chances offered to Marin, and converted five chances with a return.
After losing the tight third set, the Swiss bounced back and signed a deal in the fourth set.
Novak Djokovic shared his thoughts on Roger Federer’s withdrawal.
In the third match, Federer had to give 120% to defeat Dominik Koepfer 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in 3 hours 35 minutes in the evening session. ..
Federer has decided to skip the fourth round of the collision, emphasizing his knees not in the last 15 months, in the biggest test since the Australian Open last year. We will play Matteo Berrettini and take a short break ahead of Halle, which started the following week.
World number asked about Roger’s decision. 1 Novak Djokovic said the withdrawal was a surprise, although he understands that Roger knows his current body shape best. “I was a little surprised to see Roger’s withdrawal, but only he knows how he feels physically.
The event is disappointing. After all, it’s Federer and I think everyone wanted to see him for at least another match. If there is a physical problem, he is well within his rights. ”
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“If Roger Federer was still struggling, he did the right thing.”
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/102831/novak-djokovic-roger-federer-did-the-right-thing-if-he-still-struggles-/ “If Roger Federer was still struggling, he did the right thing.”