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While most of the tennis players currently on tour spend a lot of playing time in recent months, the former is number one in the world. Roger Federer didn’t spend too much time on the court. After a couple of knee surgeries and a year of rehabilitation, the harsh conditions at the French Open in 2021 cannot make it easier for him to face the added psychological stress of playing under strict Covid-19 protocols.
Today we received the latest news that the Swiss pro has dropped out of the current 2021 Roland Garros ahead of the 4th round match with Italian Matteo Berrettini. Seeded in 8th in the tournament, Federer had a grueling third-round game against Dominik Koepfer of Germany, in which there were 4 sets and three of them went to a tie-break, which immediately questioned Federer’s fitness level.
We all knew that he would make it into this fourth round with a fitness level below 100%, which meant a huge chance for Berrettini, who finished 9th, who still looked very good at the French Open in 2021 after lost only one set. in his 1 round game against Tarot Daniel. Now Berrettini will be rejected and will debut in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.
In fact, this is Berrettini’s only second appearance in the Grand Slam quarterfinals after a stellar performance at the 2019 US Open where he lost in the semifinals. Earlier this year, he also made his way to the 4th round of the Australian Open, but unfortunately had to leave the field before the game. As for Federer, he made this decision to keep his knee in the best position for Wimbledon 2021, which will take place shortly thereafter.
This is probably a wise decision by Federer, as he has never been brilliant on clay, and only one of his twenty Grand Slam titles came in France. Either way, there will always be a lack of a champion like him in the tournament and we hope the 39-year-old gets the rest he needs before Wimbledon 2021 kicks off. Follow all updates on ReadScoops.com…
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