Former World No.1 Roger Federer registered his first victory on clay surface since the 2019 French Open. And Swiss was delighted with his performance in the opening round match at the French Open 2021.
After 13 months of hiatus, the 20-time Grand Slam champion resumed his action at the Qatar Open on 10th March in Doha. Afterwards, he competed at the Geneva Open in mid of May.
“I Felt Much More Comfortable Today”, says Roger Federer
However, Federer is now appraising himself at the ongoing clay-court Grand Slam event in Paris. The No.8 seed moved to the second round after defeating qualifier Denis Istomin in straight sets(6-2, 6-4, 6-3). And Swiss super leads Uzbek veteran 8-0 in their head-to-head series.
“I just felt overall much clearer, much better. Clearly, maybe the opponent’s type allowed me to have many different ways to win the point. I knew if I came to the net, that was an option. Hitting a drop shot was always an option. Taking the ball early was an option,” Federer said in the post-match interview in Paris.
Swiss further added, “I felt today I really made a bigger effort of going more in swings and not going through it like in practice, where you go point for point. I sometimes have to tell myself, Take a little bit of time, walk to the towel, do something different… That’s where I think I felt much more comfortable today because I made an effort to think about it.”
In an hour and 33-minute opening encounter, Roger Federer fired eight aces and won 80% first-serve points against World No.204, Denis Istomin.
“Overall, I’m very happy (with my movement). I can attest to that, as well. I moved pretty well today. I also kept rallies short purposely so I wouldn’t get dragged into the long rallies. Always throw in the drop shot. We’ll see what happens.” Federer expressed.
Roger Federer will now face Croatian Marin Cilic for a third-round spot in Roland Garros.