Injury has forced Roger Federer to withdraw from upcoming grandslam. This withdrawal marks the end of Roger Federer’s Grandslam streak. Last time Federer missed a Grandslam was way back in 1999. Fedex had failed to qualify for Grandslam in 1999 when he lost in second round of qualifying. Since then, Roger has manged to play 65 grandslams on trot.
17 time Grand slam champion, Roger Federer pulled out of French Open on Thursday due to injury. While talking with reporters, Roger said that he has been making steady progress but still is not 100 percent. He also quoted that he did not wanted to take unnecessary risk by participating in Roland Garros. He also accepted that decision to withdraw was not an easy one.
Roger Federer did not mention any specific injury for his withdrawal. Federer had undergone his first surgery in his career in February after tearing the meniscus. He also withdrew from many ATP events after Australian Open semis. Last week his movements clearly showed that he was not 100%. He lost to young Dominic Thiem last week at Rome.
While all players will be focusing on clay court matches in Paris, Federer will be preparing for grass court season and Rio Olympics. Roger Federer still has no Olympic medal in his achievement list. So surely Rio will be one which Roger would aim.
Withdrawal of Roger Federer opens the gates for nine time Roland Garros champions Rafael Nadal who will be elevated into top four, thus avoiding possible Djokovic or Andy Murray clash in quarter finals. Novak Djokovic who is currently No. 1 player has finished three times as runner up. He will be looking forward to get his hands on French Title and become first man after Rod Laver to hold all four titles at same time.
Andy Murray who recently defeated world no. 1 at Rome is seeded 2 and will be looking to mark his name at French Open. Other key contenders are defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Tsonga, Berdych.