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.
— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) May 16, 2019
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.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 17, 2019
Unfortunately, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury to his right leg. We wish him a fast recovery. Thank you for the incredible emotions.
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— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) May 17, 2019
Be well, be fit, vibrantly healthy and in top form for what matters most: The Grand Slams! Looking forward to your #102 win!
— Diane Talbot (@noneedlefillers) May 17, 2019
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