Federer out of Italian Open with right leg injury

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

Federer was playing in the Italian capital to prepare for his return to the French Open for the first time since 2015.

Rome - World number three Roger Federer pulled out of the Italian Open before his quarter-final match on Friday with a right leg injury.

It's only the fourth time in Federer's career he has had a walkover loss, the ATP Tour said, adding the 20-time Grand Slam champion has never retired in 1,465 matches.

I just couldn't win today but I have extra days off, which is good.

"Borna had the lead". "So I was like, 'Maybe I slept on it and maybe it will go away.' But it didn't".

Federer reported a right leg injury ahead of his match against Tsitsipas, while Osaka said her right hand was hurting before she was to play Kiki Bertens.

"It's been a peculiar clay court season for me". I had some tough period of time.

"I'm going to stay here for one more day and see how it is", she said.

Djokovic, victor in Madrid last Sunday, beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0 after earlier easing past Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.

The Japanese star was due to meet Madrid Open champion and sixth seed Kiki Bertens. I feel like there's a big difference between saying No. 1 in the world versus No. 2. "So it was ideal". She had made the final of Rome the last two years, but had yet to win the title.

But Osaka's top spot was guaranteed when reigning Roland Garros champion Halep fell to Czech Marketa Vondrousova 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.

Halep's defeat also guarantees Osaka's top seeding at the French Open.

Kyrgios's tournament finished early after he threw a chair across court in a tantrum, before storming off and being disqualified.

Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round before losing to del Potro. "I've tried to take what I've learned into the next match and I think I've done that well".

Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday's washout when he told the NCR Tennis Podcast that Djokovic had "a sick obsession with wanting to be liked".

"It's always been a dream for me [to be top seed at a Slam]".

Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.

"I know what happened last week, and I [am] going to try to do it better tomorrow", Nadal said.

"I'm quite pissed about it".

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