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.
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.
👉 https://t.co/Z1JhSVjanJ#ibi19 #tennis #Federer pic.twitter.com/wH79E3hVUx
— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) May 17, 2019
While Federer has never in 1,465 matches, this is the fourth time he’s withdrawn mid-event after the 2014 ATP Finals, 2012 Doha and 2012 Paris Indoors.
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! 🙃
A presto!👏🇮🇹💯🙌 #Roma
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 17, 2019
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