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Italian Open 2019: Roland Garros-bound Roger Federer withdraws from tournament with leg injury

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

 Italian Open 2019: Roland Garros-bound Roger Federer withdraws from tournament with leg injury

Roger Federer in action at the Italian Open. AFP

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

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner was playing in Rome to prepare for his return to the French Open for the first time since 2015.

"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," said Federer.

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 Borna Coric 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 French Open title in 2009.

Tsitsipas will play either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco for a place in the final.

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Updated Date: May 17, 2019 20:41:57 IST