“Had A Tough Moment Early”: Roger Federer Reacts After Reaching Second Round at Halle Open 2021


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Roger Federer (Image Credits: Wimbledon Instagram)

Roger Federer has played his first match on Grass at the Halle Open since the 2019 Wimbledon final. In Germany’s ATP 500 event, Swiss Maestro has confirmed his second-round spot after a straight-set (7-6, 7-5) win over Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka. 

In the post-match interview, the eight-time Wimbledon champion was asked about his return to the Grass surface after nearly a couple of years. 

“I miss it. I have not played a tournament in two years on this surface. It is on the hard courts, the clay, the grass- I love playing here,” Federer replied

Last year’s Grass court season did not occur due to the Coronavirus concerns, while this year’s events occur with a minimum crowd for the same reason.  

Roger continued, “the very little crowd, a bit of a disappointment for all of us, but at the same time, as you said, I am excited to be back on the green grass and getting a win is always very nice.”  

“That Was Crucial”: Roger Federer on First Set Tiebreaker

Speaking about first-round match experience, Federer detailed, “we can’t compare to the clay courts. You might get the rallies you are looking for, more service-winners aces. But, your opponent gets more on the return games than any other surface.”

The 10-time Halle Champion went to a tiebreaker to capture the first set against World No.90 from Minsk. 

“I had a tough moment early on in the first set when you had breakpoints. That was crucial to get out of that, then played a good tiebreaker, which I was happy about. As the match went on, I started to get more opportunities, and It combed my nerves-calmed my nerves a bit. I’m happy and excited I was able to get through the first one,” Federer added. 

When asked about his service, the 20-time Grand Slam explained, “It has been there throughout, in Geneva, in Paris, and the back is good. I feel it’s acceptable from that standpoint. It is really the legs and the match fitness I’m looking forward to, getting through breakers, like I did not Paris as well, getting through on a completely different surface. Staying.”

No.5 seed Roger Federer will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or Polish Hubert Hurkacz for a quarterfinal place in Halle.

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