Winner of the German Dominik Koepfer after more than three hours spent on the court on Saturday evening, Roger Federer qualified for the round of 16 at Roland Garros. But after the meeting, the Swiss legend who has to challenge Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals cast doubt on a possible withdrawal due to his physical knee problems.
What if Roger Federer had played the last match of his career at Roland Garros on Saturday night? “I don’t know if I’ll play” in the round of 16 at Roland Garros against Matteo Berrettini, said the Swiss champion after battling for more than three and a half hours on the night from Saturday to Sunday to qualify.
“Isn’t this a good time to rest?”
“I have to decide whether to keep playing or not. Isn’t it too risky to keep shooting (on the knee), isn’t it a good time to rest?” questioned at a press conference, in reference to the Halle tournament which begins on June 14 and will launch its grass season.
Returning to competition in March, after two right knee operations in 2020, the Swiss who will celebrate his 40th birthday in August has made Wimbledon his priority objective. “Every game I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I wake up and how my knee is doing. It may be even more true after a game as long as it is today.” , said the former world No. 1 today 8th.
“I had to calm down a bit”
Roger Federer, who has played his first Grand Slam in sixteen months, qualified for the knockout stages after a standoff of more than three and a half hours with the German Dominik Koepfer (59th), beaten 7- 6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, in the camera of the Parisian night on Sunday. “After the second set I didn’t know what was left in the tank, it had been a great battle until then. At that point I had to calm down a bit, especially emotionally, that I don’t force things too much, that I relax a bit and let the experience take over, “he analyzed.
“It’s a very important game for me. Clearly, I didn’t do the 3.35am training, we pushed as much as we could as far as we thought was reasonable. So that’s a huge step forward. forward today. I did not expect to be able to win three games here, especially as this victory (against Koepfer) somehow confirms my good performance against Cilic (in the second round, editor’s note) in completely different circumstances tonight. So I’m very happy, “he added.
Happy, but not yet fulfilled
“I would rather be in Rafa (Nadal) or Novak (Djokovic) place right now, when you say to yourself + I feel good. If I play well, I win. + It’s not what I feel for The moment. For me, these are stages on the way back. I need games like that, “he concluded.