Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome QF
Federer, a four-time runner-up at the Foro Italico in Rome, booked his place in the last eight by saving two match points in the third set tie-break of Thursday night’s win against Croatian Borna Coric.
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But it was Federer's second match of the day because rain washed out play on Wednesday. Earlier Thursday, the Swiss beat Joao Sousa in straight sets. In total, Federer spent nearly four hours on court.
“I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today. I am not 100 per cent physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year,” Federer said.
I had to take the tough decision this morning to pull out of the Italian Open as I am not feeling 100% physically. The fan reaction and crowd energy during my matches yesterday remind me exactly why I am still competing on the ATP Tour. Mazie Grille! 🙃— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 17, 2019
A presto!👏🇮🇹💯🙌 #Roma
The 37-year-old was making his first appearance in the Italian capital since 12 May 2016 because he skipped the 2017 and 2018 clay-court swings. He is next scheduled to compete at the season's second Grand Slam event, Roland Garros, which begins Sunday 26 May. Federer has not played at Roland Garros since 2015.
Unfortunately, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury to his right leg. We wish him a fast recovery. Thank you for the incredible emotions.— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) May 17, 2019
👉 https://t.co/Z1JhSVjanJ#ibi19 #tennis #Federer pic.twitter.com/wH79E3hVUx