Roger Federer has announced that he has withdrawn from his French Open round four match against Italy’s Matteo Berrenttini.
“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” the 39-year-old said.
“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 court.”
There were mixed reactions to the news.
Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee wrote on Twitter ‘You’re not at a candy store, able to pick and choose which matches you play, as your actions affect others, and the tournament.”
“I think it’s a tough topic because it’s always a question where straight after the match he says he is probably going to retire. Then Koepfer is there, losing a tight match, maybe saying, ‘Well, I could have done better maybe after’” Medvedev said.
“The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night,” said Guy Forget, the tournament director.
“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.”