Roger Federer announced his retirement from Roland Garros, where tomorrow 7 June he would have had to face Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16, who then goes straight to the quarterfinals. The Swiss champion has explained that he does not want to speed up the road to recovery after a year of stoppage and two knee surgeries. “After discussions with my team, I have decided that today I have to retire from Roland Garros after two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it is important that you listen to my body and make sure not to push myself too fast on the road to recovery. . I am thrilled to have played three games. There is no greater feeling than being back on the pitch “, explained the Swiss tennis player.
Berrettini thus took advantage of this retirement after the 39-year-old Swiss, winner of 20 Grand Slam races, had beaten Koepfer and after he had already made it clear that he probably would not have taken the field. “The goal of the season is Wimbledon and I don’t want to risk blowing up all my full ones, “he said after almost four hours of playing a difficult match that ended late at night.
Berrettini thus also takes revenge with destiny. Because the eighth of the Australian Open, last February, he didn’t play it due to an injury and he didn’t even take the field against Tsitsipas. Now he will continue to train until Wednesday 9 June when he will take the field on the Central Field against Nole Djokovic, world number 1, or Lorenzo Musetti, on the field tomorrow 7 June. And also tomorrow it will be the turn of Jannik Sinner who will face Rafa Nadal in the round of 16.