(Paris) “I don’t know if I’m going to play” in 8e of Roland-Garros final against Matteo Berrettini, said Roger Federer after battling for more than three and a half hours on the night from Saturday to Sunday to qualify.
Posted on June 5, 2021 at 8:32 p.m.
Updated at 8:39 p.m.
France Media Agency
“I have to decide whether to continue playing or not. Isn’t it too risky to keep shooting s[ur le genou], isn’t it a good time to rest? “, He asked at a press conference, referring to the Halle tournament which begins on June 14 and will launch its season on grass.
Returning to competition in March, after two right knee operations in 2020, the Swiss who will celebrate his 40th birthday in August has made Wimbledon his priority goal.
“Every game, I have to reassess the situation and see how I wake up the next morning and how my knee is doing. It is perhaps even even more true after a match as long as that of today “, specified the ex-nO 1 worldwide today 8e.
Roger Federer, who has played his first Grand Slam in sixteen months, qualified for the knockout stages after a standoff of more than three and a half hours with the German Dominik Koepfer (59e), beaten 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, in the closed door of the Parisian night on Sunday.
“After the second set, I didn’t know what I had left in the tank, it had been a great battle so far. At that point, I had to calm down a bit, especially emotionally, not force things too much, relax a bit and let the experience take over, ”he said. -he analyses.
“It’s a very important game for me. Clearly, I didn’t do the 3:35 workout, we pushed as much as we could as far as we felt was reasonable. So this is a huge step forward today. I didn’t expect to be able to win three games here, especially since this victory [contre Koepfer] somehow confirms my good performance against Cilic (at 2e tour, Editor’s note) in completely different circumstances tonight. So I am very happy, ”he added.
Happy, but not yet fulfilled.
“I would prefer to be in Rafa’s place [Nadal] or of Novak [Djokovic] right now, when you say to yourself, “I feel good. If I play well, I win ”. This is not how I feel at the moment. For me, these are stages on my way home. I need matches like that, ”he concluded.