ATP Roland Garros: Roger Federer tops Casper Ruud in 400th Grand Slam match


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ATP Roland Garros: Roger Federer tops Casper Ruud in 400th Grand Slam match

Competing in his first Roland Garros since 2015, the 37-year-old Roger Federer has shown no signs of slowing down, defeating the 20-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 in two hours and 11 minutes. Champion here ten years ago, Federer will play in the last 16 for the 14th time, competing in the 400th Grand Slam match as the first player in history to do so.

Roger got broken only once in the entire match and converted five chances from 12 opportunities, sailing through the opening two sets before having to work harder in the third set, saving one set point at 6-7 in the breaker and wrapping up the encounter in straight sets.

The Swiss star had 52 winners and 36 unforced errors, overpowering Ruud's solid 28-26 ratio and dictating the points in the way he wanted. Landing 77% of the first serve in, the Swiss lost five points behind the initial shot, fending off the only break point he faced and stealing almost half of the return points for a double break and a 6-3.

Casper fought well in the first six games before Roger picked up a beautiful backhand half&volley winner from the baseline to secure a break and a 4-3 lead. Serving to stay in the set at 3-5, Ruud suffered another break after a well-constructed attack from Roger and a smash winner that sent him 6-3 up after 36 minutes.

Firing from all cylinders, Federer blasted 17 winners in set number two, dropping seven points in his games and scoring breaks in games two and four (four straight return games won) to open a massive advantage and bring the set home in no time at all.

Casper had no answer for Roger's slice return, netting a backhand in the second game and finding himself even further down when the Swiss landed a perfect forehand crosscourt winner. Roger saved a break point in game seven with an ace, delivering two more winners to find himself two sets to love up after 65 minutes.

The youngster finally managed to do some damage on the return in the second game of the third set when Federer netted a routine forehand, staying in front only for a couple of minutes as Roger broke back in the very next game with a forehand down the line winner.

They both wasted break points in games seven and eight and Ruud was there to fight unlike in the opening two sets, finding the way to keep service games safe until the tie break that Federer won 10-8 to seal the deal in straight sets and secure the place in the last 32 with a smash winner.