Roger Federer (knee) withdraws from French Open

Jun 5, 2021; Paris, France; Roger Federer (SUI) wipes his brow during his match against Dominik Koepfer (GER) on day seven of the French Open at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open ahead of Monday’s scheduled fourth-round match against ninth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland-Garros today,” Federer said in a statement. “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 recovery.

“I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”

Federer, 39, was appearing in his first major since the 2020 Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam winner and the No. 8 seed at Roland Garros was sidelined for more than a year following two knee surgeries.

Federer, who is ranked eighth in the world, advanced to the round of 16 at a major for a record 68th time on Saturday after posting a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory over German Dominik Koepfer.

“The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night,” tournament director Guy Forget said. “We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Federer has won at Roland Garros just once — 2009.

Berrettini advances to the quarterfinal to face either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Italian Lorenzo Musetti.

–Field Level Media