PARIS – Roger Federer has said that he will evaluate his participation in the ongoing French Open after a grueling 7-6 (5) 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 7-5 victory over German Dominik Koepfer in an empty court. Philippe Chatrier at Saturday night’s game.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was competing in just his sixth match in 17 months following knee surgery and suggested after the third-round clash that ended after midnight that he could be preserved for Wimbledon starting June 28.
When asked how much he would want to put in the effort throughout the tournament, the 39-year-old Swiss told reporters: “We went through these matches … we analyzed them very well and looked at what’s next and we will do the same tonight and tomorrow. .
“Because I have to decide whether to keep playing or not, or it’s not too risky right now to keep pushing or it’s just a perfect way to rest.
“Because I don’t have the week between here and Halle (June 14-20), as usual, to see what’s best now if you’re counting from Wimbledon and so on.
“There is a lot going on, but having a match like this, knowing that I could probably have played a fifth set but not knowing how I will wake up tomorrow is interesting, to say the least. Yes, it is definitely a different time for me. “
Federer, who faces Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarterfinals where he could face world number one Novak Djokovic, said he would have liked to know that he is in his prime as Djokovic or starter Rafa Nadal.
“… I’d rather be in Rafa or Novak’s shoes right now, where they say, ‘I feel good. If I’m playing well, I’m winning, ‘”Federer said.
“I don’t have that feeling right now, so for me these are all stepping stones… towards something that is really important to me. It is the season and it is the return. I need matches like these, you know. “
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