Two weeks before his 40th birthday celebration, Federer managed to secure his participation in the second week of the French Championship for the fifteenth time in his career, with a hard victory over German Dominique Kipfer 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 ( 7-4) and 7-5.
The 2009 Roland Garros champion, who is seeking his first Grand Slam title since his coronation in the Australian Open in 2018, needed three hours and 35 minutes to overcome his German opponent, ranked 59th in the world, at the “Philippe Chartier” stadium, in the absence of the audience due to the curfew imposed in the French capital between nine o’clock. evening and six in the morning.
Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries last year and is making only his third appearance since the Australian Open in early 2020, is supposed to meet Italian Matteo Berrettini on Monday in the final price.
But the record holder for the number of Grand Slam titles shared with his Spanish rival, Rafael Nadal (20) hinted at the possibility of withdrawing from this confrontation with the 25-year-old Italian, who reached the final of the Madrid 1,000-point Masters tournament last month.