Swiss tennis star Roger Federer suggested that he might give a walkover to Matteo Berrettini at the French Open. Federer, ranked at No. 8 in the world, edged out German Dominik Koepfer in tour tight sets 7-6 (5) 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 7-5.
“We go through these matches, you know, we analyze them highly and look on what’s next and will do the same tonight and tomorrow latest, because I need to decide if I keep on playing or not or is it not too much risk at this moment to keep on pushing or is this just a perfect way to just take a rest," Federer said, per Tennis Majors.
"Because I don’t have the week in between here and Halle, like normal, to see, like, what’s best now if you count back from Wimbledon and so forth. It’s just a lot going on, but having a match like this, knowing I could have probably played a fifth set but not knowing how I will wake up tomorrow is interesting, to say the least.
Yeah, it’s definitely a different time right now for me”.
Federer earned a hard-fought win over Koepfer
Federer had break points in three different games in the first set so the opener had to be resolved in a tie-break.
In the first-set tie-break, Federer realized his third set point to win a tight opener. Koepfer then twice recovered from a break down in the second set, before winning the second-set tie-break to level the match at one-set apiece.
Koepfer then started the third set with a break but Federer broke back to force a tie-break -- in which he converted his second set point to take the lead. Koepfer recovered from an early break down in the third set but Federer earned his second break of the set in the 11th game.
Federer then routinely served out for the match in the following game. “I mean, every match here or Geneva I have to reassess the situation after the match and see in the morning how I wake up and how does the knee, you know, feel the next morning.
So from that standpoint for me it always goes like that. There is no difference after a match like this, but maybe even more so after a match like this that has been long. Like I explained before, I have not been two-, three-and-a-half-hour battles in practice either," Federer said.