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Italian Open: Roger Federer withdraws from Rome QF

Roger Federer, a four-time finalist at the Italian Open, had been due to meet Greek eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.

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Roger Federer withdrew from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia ahead of his quarter-final against eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday because of injury to his right leg.

Four-time runner-up at the Foro Italico in Rome, Federer, reached in the last eight by saving two match points in the third set tie-break of Thursday night’s win against Croatian Borna Coric.

He won by 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), advancing to the quarterfinal.

Tsitsipas will play either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco for a place in the final.

Federer also made the announcement official by taking it to social media.

Federer wrote: “I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today. I am not 100 percent physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year”.

It was going to be the first appearance of the 37-year-old in the Italian capital since 12 May 2016 because he skipped the 2017 and 2018 clay-court swings.

The next scheduled tournament for Federer to compete in is the season’s second Grand Slam event, Roland Garros, which starts Sunday 26 May.

Currently the world no. 3 on ATP ranking, Federer has not played at Roland Garros since 2015.

It’s been a disappointment for Federer fans but they are also concerned about his health and fitness.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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