Roger Federer defeated John Millman in straight sets 7-6 6-3 to reach the second round in Halle. In a press conference, the Swiss said: “I always think any way you get through is a good way because the next match will always feel different.
I think with... John having beaten me at the US Open, I knew it was going be tough. So thankfully I wasn’t too nervous. I was only a little bit nervous before the game when I discussed strategy with my coach, then when I entered the court I was at ease and calm, I think I had a clear game plan.
I knew that it was going to be more difficult for him to dominate the baseline. Conditions are faster here so I’m able to control the tempo of the match a little bit more. It was the expected tough test. I did not expect anything else but this hard-fought match."
Federer also shared an interesting opinion on two hot topics: "Prize money should be increased for qualies and challengers. I don‘t support on-court coaching, I think that I have the best team in the world, and so I don‘t think it‘s fair that I could profit from that and another guy, who has maybe no coach can‘t benefit at all."
The US Open had planned to introduce on-court coaching in the main draw (from the stands) from the 2019 edition but scrapped their plans following severe protests. Meanwhile analyzing his win over Jaume Munar, Borna Coric said: “Overall, it was a solid match. In the important points, I was playing very well and the early break in the second set helped me a lot."