'I hated Roger Federer', says Grand Slam champion

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'I hated Roger Federer', says Grand Slam champion

Returning to Roland Garros after reaching the semi-final in 2019, Roger Federer faced Denis Istomin in the first round this June. It was only the fourth game for the Swiss legend after last year's Australian Open, and he looked good on the court against Denis Istomin in a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

Fighting in his first Major match in nearly 500 days, Roger delivered sharp and aggressive tennis from start to finish, dictating the rallies with 48 winners and 20 unforced errors and doing his best to outrun the Uzbek. Istomin never laid down his punches and did nothing on the return, facing 13 break opportunities and missing serve five times to propel Federer to the top and to his fourth win of the season.

Roger was pleased with the way he fought, said that he did everything according to plan and felt good about his movements and groundstrokes. Federer had a huge advantage in the shorter rallies of up to four strokes and outplayed Istomin in the longer ones to sprint over the finish line and set up the second round clash with Marin Cilic.

Federer barely lost a point on serve in the first and secured two breaks to lead 6-2. Istomin was still powerless in the return of the second set, suffered an early break and allowed Roger to win it 6-4 and get closer to the finish line.

Federer produced four comfortable serving turns in the third set and broke in games five and nine to go over and celebrate the 363rd Major victory, his first since the 2020 Australian Open quarter-finals.

Medvedev reflects on Roger Federer

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev recently emerged as the champion of the US Open 2021.

He won his first Grand Slam title after defeating World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the finals. With this win, he also stopped the Serbian legend from achieving his Calendar Slam in New York. Even though Daniil Medvedev called Novak Djokovic as the greatest player of all time, he once claimed that Roger Federer has been his toughest opponent.

However, there was a time when he used to hate the Swiss Maestro as a kid. “I hated Roger. I just couldn’t see him win again. I was cheering from the first round for other guys because that’s the way I was,” said Medvedev in that interview. After a successful US Open 2021 campaign, Medvedev will now be playing at the Laver Cup 2021.