Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome Due To Right Leg Injury
by Staff | May 17th, 2019, 10:12 am

After a busy Thursday, Roger Federer withdrew from the Rome Masters today ahead of his quarterfinal clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Playing just his second clay event, the 37-year-old was forced to take the court twice yesterday, and saved two match points in a thrilling win over Borna Coric. During the match, Federer complained of the wet lines and admitted afterward that he felt something in his leg.

“The lines are wet,” Federer said after his win over Coric. “Wet lines mean you slide. When I slid, I caught myself, I did hurt my toe for like two games. My leg was also hurting a little bit.”

Federer today released this statement:

“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.

While Federer didn’t cite the leg directly, the tournament did in a tweet.

While Federer has never in 1,465 matches, this is the fourth time he’s withdrawn mid-event after the 2014 ATP Finals, 2012 Doha and 2012 Paris Indoors.

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6 Comments for Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome Due To Right Leg Injury

Madmax Says:

It’s understandable. Really it is, but so very frustrating for us. I cannot believe he dug so deep yesterday, 2 back to back matches. What on earth are the Italian open organisers thinking? It’s such bad scheduling. As he said, the show must go on, but I really hope he gets the rest he needs, and looking back, considering he has not played on clay for 3 years, overall, it is not a bad performance. We move forwards and we keep the hope for a great FO, with no expectations.

Jatin, Skeezer, we look forward guys.


J.Hohenlohe Says:

How frustrating this must be for Federer. He’s the very best thing in tennis.Truly Amazing!! Hopefully he will heal for the French Open but if not there will be Wimbledon and the US Open. I am so sure he will win another grand slam. For myself and millions of others tennis will never be as exciting!

chrisford1 Says:

Pluses and minuses for Federer. Great season so far and no one in pro tennis has had the success Roger has had as an older player. Won Dubai. Won Hopman Cup. 4th rund AO. Finals at IW. Won Miami. QFs in Madrid. QFs in Rome.
1,000 points behind Djokovic in race to London.
In Top 3 yet again.
Slamcount add on does not matter. All things considered, Federer has had wild success since becoming 35, even 2019, even if he ends up with no Slam this year.

On the other hand, fan predictions of another Slam seem even more distant. He plays a long tough match, results have shown he will struggle the next round as he just can’t recuperate like he used to. Slams as 5-setters will be the toughest in that regard.

skeezer Says:

I don’t Fed will be a threat at FO, but based on his current form he will compete very well on the remaining Slams, if injury free of course. No expectations though, he has already established GOAThood.

Chico the Omen Says:

Hope Fed loses first round in FO :D. Some 200 bones, don’t know how many ligaments, muscles, tendons and whatnot. Clay tennis is totally, totally different in stress patterns and strain.. recovering is different and slower. Especially two matches the same day, you cool off and then start again. How many niggles did he pick up from yesterday?

But 100% sure he is aware of this though. Best of five sets knees deep in Parisian dirt, uh oh. Expecting to see some Henmanesque clayblitz. Three rounds. If a five setter is followed by a win, then I want to read a book someday by his fitness people.

Skeez, if Djoker pulls off the second slam and maybe takes Wimby and US Open too, who is the GOAT then? Id still say Fed (pioneering, FO finals, that riddiculous consecutive finals won, the guy killing BOTH Nadals and Djokovic’ most prominent streaks – plz somebody check this, + my personal bias he he).

jatin Says:

It was a miracle win against coric. Fed was very stiff early on and then he slightly injured his leg. (His leg got stuck in the baseline when going for the forehand).
Its been a Great Clay session comeback for him though. Defeating good clay courters and almost won against one of the best.
Hope he will be fully fit and well rested for RG.
With his current game and form, He should atleast reach Quater Finals there and possibly more depending on the draw and his own form.

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