Every week in the past, Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, admitted having no likelihood at a second French Open title on the Roland Garros. The 2009 champion arrived in Paris having performed simply three video games in over a yr or extra adopted by two knee surgical procedures. However Federer, who but stays among the many favourites, survived a tense four-set battle towards Dominik Koepfer within the third spherical in entrance of an empty Philippe-Chatrier on Saturday evening to succeed in the second week of French Open 2021.
Regardless of the valiant win, Federer is considering a withdrawal from the event.
“I don’t know if I’m going to play,” mentioned Federer, who will subsequent play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in Monday’s fourth spherical.
“I’ve to resolve whether or not or to not proceed enjoying. Is it too dangerous to maintain placing stress on the knee? Is it a great time to relaxation?”
Federer, who is 2 months shy of his 40th birthday, has at all times most popular the grass-court season in build-up to his beloved Wimbledon Championships, over another sort.
He shall be in search of an unprecedented ninth title on the SW19 this yr, a title he final received in 2017 and had come inches nearer to his ninth in 2019 throughout the 4 hours and 58 minutes battle towards Novak Djokovic.
“Each match I’ve to reassess the state of affairs and see the following morning in what state I get up and the way my knee is doing,” added Federer after being on court docket for three hours and 35 minutes.
“It could be much more true after a match so long as the one tonight.”