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Roland Garros-bound Federer limps out of Italian Open

AFP  |  Rome 

World number three pulled out of the Italian Open before his quarter-final match on Friday with a

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

The Swiss 20-time winner was playing in to prepare for his return to for the first time since 2015.

"I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today," said Federer.

"I am not 100 percent physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play.

"has always been one of my favourite cities to visit and I hope to be back next year."

Federer had been on court nearly four hours on Thursday as competitors played two matches after rain delays midweek.

The 37-year-old saved two match points to win through 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) against to advance to the quarter-finals after earlier easing to a straight sets win over Portgual's Joaa Suosa.

The former world number one had been a late addition to the Rome tournament as he sought clay court practice ahead of his bid to add to his lone in 2009.

Tsitsipas will play either defending champion or for a place in the final.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 19:16 IST
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