Roger Federer has pulled out of the Italian Open 2019 due to a leg injury on his right leg. Federer was scheduled to play against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the quarterfinals of the Italian Open 2019, on Friday.
Roger Federer played two matches yesterday as the matches were cancelled on Wednesday due to rains. The Swiss Maestro defeated Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3 quite comfortably in his first match on Thursday. While he was struggling in his second match of the day against Borna Coric. However, Roger Federer defeated the Croatian 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 after losing the first set to set up a meeting with Stefanos Tsitispas at the quarterfinals.
It was a tough match for the 20-time grand slam champion as he saved two match points to move to the last 8 in Rome. He was struggling to move on the court during his match against Coric. Roger Federer had slipped several times during his third round match. He also had an argument with the chair umpire about the white lines being wet and slippery. He said it’s too dangerous for him.
Roger Federer raised concerns over his injury in the post-match interview. He said, “I hurt a toe and leg for a couple of games after sliding.”
However, he was also thankful to the ball kids as they dried up the wet line for him. He added, “Thanks to the ball kids who dried the lines with towels after.
Roger Federer returned to the clay court events at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019 after missing the red-clay season for 3 years. He has now lost two consecutive quarterfinals on clay. Roger Federer was defeated by Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open 2019. The Swiss was just one match away with a possible semifinal clash against Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer now aims to be fit before the start of Roland Garros 2019 which starts from May 26. This will be the tenth anniversary for Federer at the French Open since his first title in Paris.