Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is feeling well after his French Open campaign. Federer, a former world No. 1, made the French Open round-of-16 before giving a walkover to Matteo Berrettini. “I am very happy with how I performed at the French Open and how my body recovered afterwards.
That also takes some pressure off me here in Halle," Federer said. After beating Dominik Koepfer in the third round, Federer hinted he could give a walkover to Berrettini. “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 played two clay events -- Geneva and Roland Garros
“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.
Federer gave Berrettini a walkover due to precautionary reasons. "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," Federer, 39, said.
"After discussions with my team, I've decided I will need to pull out of Roland-Garros today," Federer said in a statement released by French Open organisers. "I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court."