Andy Murray believes Roger Federer has made a ‘sensible decision’ to withdraw from the French Open.
Federer beat Dominik Koepfer on Saturday night to book a place in the fourth round against Matteo Berrettini.
However, on Sunday he announced he had decided to withdraw from the tournament as he was worried any more than the three matches he has completed would put his recovery from double knee surgery under too much strain.
It is a decision which has left many fans feeling Federer had handled things in entirely the wrong way, but Andy Murray says the Swiss ace has made the right call.
“In Basketball, football, etc, when returning from injury players are given reduced minutes to build up their fitness,” Murray wrote on Twitter.
Id argue that it’s quite risky to play multiple 4hr matches in a row in your 2nd tournaments back in 18 months so to me it makes sense to be reactive based on how your body feels, length of matches etc. Sensible decision from him
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 6, 2021
“In tennis you don’t have that luxury of just playing a set in first match then two sets the next etc and building up that way.
“I’d argue that it’s quite risky to play multiple four-hour matches in a row in your second tournament back in 18 months.
“So to me it makes sense to be reactive based on how your body feels, length of matches etc. Sensible decision from him.”
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