Roger Federer’s withdrawal from Paris: right choice for Wimbledon?

Roger Federer qualified for the 4th round of the French Open 2021 thanks to a thrilling and emotional victory in four sets against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer, despite being on the brink. And now, in the fourth round of Roland Garros, Roger should have meet Italian Matteo Berrettini, but he withdrawed.

During the press-conference after the 3rd round match, Federer said: “I have to think about what the best choice is in view of what lies ahead. We’ll see how I feel. I didn’t expect to win three games here honestly and I didn’t know how much fuel. I still had in the tank when I got an even set. Certainly it was a good fight.”

Roger generally participates in Roland Garros as a step towards his real great seasonal goal: the grass-season and, of course, in particular, the Wimbledon tournament, which will begin next June 28, 2021, among the great general expectations after the cancellation. of 2020 due to COVID-19. He will also play the Halle event in the week of June 14-20, as an intermediate stop before tackling the most famous tennis fortnight in the world, on the grass-courts of the All England Club.

A strategy that has worked in the past. Of course, seeing the private fans of one of the most anticipated protagonists of the second week of Roland Garros will be frustrating, but all in all it would be an event that everyone could have expected. In 2019, Roger made it to the semifinals in Paris, where he was defeated in three sets by Rafael Nadal after a good match. Less than a month later he lost the epic final in London to Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer’s possible withdrawal from Paris: right choice for Wimbledon?

Skipping the 4th round match in Paris against Berrettini, however, could have been smart choice: at almost 40 years old, with a very clear goal in mind, Federer will have to conserve as much energy as possible in view of Wimbledon. Already the match against Koepfer and the almost four hours of play will have taken away energy and strength from the Swiss, who before his definitive retirement from tennis would like to give himself, his fans and the whole world of sport one last dream.

And speaking of retirement, Federer himself, in press-conference, said: “I started training again for a short time, every time the shock on the body is always immense but after this long absence it was really difficult to enter training mode. Withdrawal? I don’t think it has to be perfect, I don’t think I have to win something big. The important thing is that it will go as I say, I have to like it and that’s what counts. People don’t remember the last races of John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg, actually none are. In the end they just remember that they were great tennis players and that they won Wimbledon and many other great tournaments. “

But behind the words there is the desire and the desire to write down his name once again, perhaps for the last time, in the book of records.