Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Sunday, a move that he hinted at after a four-set win in the third round on Saturday night.
“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 said in a press release. “I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”
Federer, playing his first Grand Slam in 16 months, said before the tournament that he was not a contender to win the title. Rather, he was gearing up for Wimbledon, his focus, and the grass-court season.
Federer’s withdrawal means Italian Matteo Berrettini, the No. 9 seed, gets a walkover into the quarterfinals. Berrettini will play No. 1 Novak Djokovic or countryman Lorenzo Musetti.
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