Federer listening to body, withdraws from French

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open saying he needs to listen to his body after having two knee surgeries last summer.

“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland-Garros today,” Federer said in a statement. “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 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”

The announcement comes a day after a four-set win over Dominik Koepfer, after which Federer said he’d have to see how his knee was feeling before deciding whether he could continue in the tournament.

Federer raised his total to a record 68 trips to the round of 16 at majors with the 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over Koepfer that ended at nearly 1 a.m. and lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes.

He was scheduled to play No. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday. Berrettini will now advance to the quarterfinals.

“The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night,” tournament director Guy Forget said in a statement. “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.”

Federer is tied with Rafael Nadal with a record 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, but was playing in just his first major since the 2020 Australian Open.