The French Open 2021 fourth-round match between No.8 seed Roger Federer and No.9 seed Matteo Berrettini is scheduled on Monday. But, the 2009 Roland Garros champion announced his withdrawal from the tournament because he does not wish to propel his body to do something beyond its limit.
Following a tight battle against Dominik Koepfer, Swiss Maestro had raised doubt over competing against Italian in the post-match press conference. Eventually, Federer has now confirmed his pullback via his Twitter post.
“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” Federer wrote.
The 20-time Grand Slam title winner continued, “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. I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court.”
After Federer’s withdrawal, French Open director Guy Forget said, “The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night. However, 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.”