Federer, 34, was expected to play at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year. Last week, he played in Rome without extraordinary results. He was stopped in the 3rd round by the Austrian rising star Dominic Thiem (15 ATP) at the end of two tight sets. After that match, the Swiss said he is not disturbed by the defeat. His main purpose is to make a full recovery in the near future. His relatively pessimistic statement left room for a possible withdrawal from the French Open. Yesterday, on his official Facebook page, the Swiss star posted a message announcing that he will not play at Roland Garros, and although he expressed his disappointment on this matter, Federer explained that his body is not ready to produce optimum efficiency.

Moreover, he`s not willing to risk a more serious injury that would jeopardize the rest of the season. And there are more things to come for the Swiss, particularly the Olympics in Rio.

French Open has always been a struggle.

Throughout his career, Federer attended many of the French Open tournaments, starting in 1999. There were17 consecutive tournaments in which Federer was present on the main draw. His results at this tournament include 4 finals (all of them lost against Rafael Nadal in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011), and the successful run back in 2009 after a final against Robin Soderling, who surprisingly upset Rafael Nadal on his way to the final. With the 2009 triumph in his pocket, Federer achieved the so-called `Career Slam`.

One more streak is being cut off.

With this current withdrawal, an another impressive streak will be stopped. Starting with the 2000 Australian Open, Federer played in every Grand Slam tournament, thus collecting a total of 65 consecutive appearancesin the most important tournaments,within the ATP circuit.

Somehow, the series has ended in the same place where it begun. Earlier this year, the Swiss lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open at the end of a delightful encounter against Novak Djokovic.

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