Roger Federer stated Sunday he’s contemplating withdrawing from the French Open regardless of reaching the fourth spherical as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal arrange clashes with two Italian youngsters extensively seen as their Grand Slam inheritor apparents. Two months shy of his fortieth birthday, Federer, the 2009 champion, and doubtless participating in his final Roland Garros, reached the second week for the fifteenth time. His knife-edge 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer befell in Court docket Philippe Chatrier devoid of followers and ambiance as a consequence of a government-enforced Covid-19 curfew.
Roger Federer, who underwent two knee surgical procedures final yr and is taking part in simply his third occasion because the 2020 Australian Open, is scheduled to face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini on Monday.
“I do not know if I’m going to play,” stated Federer whose 3hr 35min tie ended simply earlier than 12:45 on Sunday morning.
“I’ve to resolve whether or not or to not proceed taking part in. Is it too dangerous to maintain placing stress on the knee? Is it a great time to relaxation?”
The 20-time Grand Slam title winner has at all times stated Wimbledon is his precedence this yr.
He’s chasing a ninth title on the All England Membership the place the motion begins on June 28.
He’s additionally scheduled to play the warm-up grass court docket match in Halle starting on June 14, the day after the French Open ends.
“Each match I’ve to reassess the scenario and see the subsequent morning in what state I get up and the way my knee is doing,” added Federer.
Djokovic, the champion in Paris in 2016 and chasing a nineteenth Grand Slam title, brushed apart 93rd-ranked Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.
The world primary is within the final 16 for the twelfth successive yr and can subsequent face 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
Defending champion Nadal reached the fourth spherical for a file sixteenth time, claiming his 103rd victory in Paris to set a brand new file of match wins at a Grand Slam, eclipsing Federer’s 102 on the Australian Open
Nadal’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Britain’s Cameron Norrie put him into the final 16 of a significant for the fiftieth time.
Nadal, chasing a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting twenty first Grand Slam, goes on to face Italian teenager Jannik Sinner.
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