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After 23 professional seasons, did Roger Federer learn everything on the courts? not right. On Saturday, he had a new experience – playing in a match at the Roland Cross last night session for the first time in his life. What’s more, he faced a rival who had never competed before – Dominic Koiper. The Swiss overcame circumstances unknown to him and after a 7: 6 (5), 6: 7 (3), 7: 6 (4), 7: 5 victory, he advanced to the 1/8 final.
Despite a gap in terms of successes, class and experience between Federer and Koiper, the match was consistent and attractive from the start. Lower German became the most sought after rival for Switzerland. He endured long exchanges and tried to impose his own conditions, but the crucial skills of the Basel tennis player prevailed in the decisive moments.
The first two sets were resolved in tie-break. Federer won the first 7-5, the most important was Koefer’s double error error 5-4. The German, on the other hand, was better in second place, benefiting from a series of Swiss mistakes, winning 7-3, 0-2 to 6-2.
The physical crisis occurred after two intense games in the third Federer. The Swiss began to move slowly around the court, making less accurate and worse decisions. He was already losing 1: 4, but he made up for the loss and led another tie break. In it, he finally knocked the scales to his advantage – after an opponent’s forehand mistake, he took a 6-4 lead and then finished the set with a superb shortcut.
In the fourth inning, Federer took the lead 2-1, but lost the advantage. When the tiebreak appeared to be coming back, the Swiss showed the highest class. In the 11th game, after some incredible play and a mistake from Coypers’ forehand at the break, he took the service from his opponent and then finished the whole game.
Thus, with six aces, five breaks and 51 finishers in three hours and 35 minutes, Federer lifted his Grand Slam record to 365. At the same time, he advanced to the 1/8 final of the Grand Slam for the 68th time in his career, the greatest achievement in history. In the fourth round of Roland Carros, he recorded for the 15th time, in this case he is next to Rafael Nadal (16).
In the fourth round, Federer, the eighth seed, will face Roland Cross champion Matteo Beretini since 2009. This will be the third match between these tennis players. The previous two matches were won by the Swiss team in the Wimbledon and ATP finals in 2019.
Bertini did not miss a single pass on Saturday, soon dropping Wu Kuon 7: 6 (6), 6: 3, 6: 4. Thus, the 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian tennis player in history to reach the fourth round in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Roland Garros, Paris (France)
Grand Slam, Clay Court, Euro 34.367 million prize pool
June 5 Sat.
Singles 3rd round:
Roger Federer (Switzerland, 8) PD Dominic Kofer (Germany) 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5
Matteo Bertini (Italy, 9) PD Sean Woo Quan (South Korea) 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-4
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