Roger Federer out of Italian Open with right leg injury

Roger Federer out of Italian Open with right leg injury

Roger Federer out of Italian Open with right leg injury

The world number three had been due to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final in Rome on Friday.

The 37-year-old Swiss, who was making a return to the European clay court season after two years away, won back-to-back matches against Joao Sousa and Borna Coric to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.

It is that match against Coric that is believed to have caused Federer's injury, with him revealing after the 3-hour, 51-minute contest that he tweaked his leg after slipping on the wet baseline.

I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today.

"Well, I can't expect anything because to be a defending champion in Grand Slam is for the first time for me, so it's something new", Halep said. "Rome has always been one of my favorite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year".

She is the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, the No 1 player in the world and has this week fended off Halep to secure the esteemed status of top seed at the upcoming French Open.

"I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb", Osaka told reporters. "I tried to practice and grip my racket but I couldn't, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions".

Halep's defeat also guarantees Osaka's top seeding at the French Open. I feel like there's a big difference between saying No. 1 in the world versus No. 2. "That's why I'm kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn't move my thumb", Osaka said.

The Japanese star was due to meet Madrid Open champion and sixth seed Kiki Bertens.

The 24th-ranked Schwartzman will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or fellow Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

The quarterfinals in the other half of the draw feature former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka against Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic against Maria Sakkari in a matchup of two qualifiers.

"I'm going to take it like how I went to Australia", added Osaka, who also retired with a leg injury against Bertens in the WTA Finals last October before going on to win in Melbourne.

Speaking after her loss in Rome, Halep cut a relaxed figure when asked about returning to Paris, where she cemented her place at the top of the game by winning her maiden major past year.

"At the same time, everyone knows this about me: the Grand Slams are the things that I care about the most".

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