Ace tennis player Federer has announced he was withdrawing from the French Open despite having reached the fourth round on Sunday.
He was opting to focus on his primary objective of winning a ninth Wimbledon title. A 20-time Grand Slam title winner fight over three and a half hours until 12:45 Sunday morning to reach the last 16 with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer.
Federer on Twitter handle wrote on 6 June "After discussions with my team, I've decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today" He added “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.”
The 39 year old also wrote on micro blogging site "I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court."
He had been due to face Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini on Monday. This is Federer's third tournament since the Australian Open last year. He has repeatedly said that Wimbledon is his real goal. As a result, Federer's fans will have to wait until the end of June to see him on court. Federer played his first Wimbledon in 1999. He became the champion in 2009.