'When Roger Federer hit the ball, I almost stood there watching', says former player



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'When Roger Federer hit the ball, I almost stood there watching', says former player

Former Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman recalled a particular challenge with Roger Federer at the Roland Garros, in the second round of the French Open in 2013. Speaking of that match during the podcast of his friend and compatriot Sorabh Pant, Devvarman recalled that challenge, and despite of a clear defeat, he certainly has fond memories.

During the interview, Devvarman said many anecdotes: Federer in 2013 came from a disappointing year, especially with a big trick at Wimbledon, where he was defending champion, and also affected by a back injury. Devvarman has been in one of his best career moments since reaching the second round of the Australian Open and winning the third round at the Miami Open.

Thanks to the not-very-ideal surface for Federer, many believed that the Indian tennis player could create some difficulties for the Swiss champion.

Devvarman on Roger Federer

“Before the challenge against Roger Federer at Roland Garros, many were pumping me and believed in my good result.

It was the period when everyone thought Roger Federer was in the final stages of his career and let's say he was getting older" - Somdev Devvarman said. In reality, the match did not meet these expectations, but Federer dominated and conquered success in Suzanne Lenglen with a clear 6-2 6-1 6-1.

The Indian added: “I felt fit, but when Roger hit the ball, I almost stood there watching. Despite the surface, Roger made me look like an amateur. I don't think I played that well in my career and lost so clearly. "Despite that loss, Devvarman remembers that game with pleasure:" It was a really good experience for me.

Obviously I was a long way from that level and therefore playing against Federer was a wonderful experience for me." The Swiss master will probably be remembered as one of the most successful players in tennis history.

Despite this, tRoger Federer has always had little success during his career on the Parisian clay courts. In fact, at Roland Garros Federer has only achieved one success, picking up numerous painful defeats instead, particularly in the finals against longtime rival Rafael Nadal.

This year, the French Open will be played in late September due to the pandemic, two weeks after the US Open Roger Federer will return to the field for the Australian Open 2021, after a second surgery on his right knee.