Roger Federer: 'This is why you see now there is no fluke on the tour'



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Roger Federer: 'This is why you see now there is no fluke on the tour'

In a return to his favorite surface after nearly two years, Roger Federer managed to overcome the initial rust to send off Ilya Ivashka in the first round of the Halle Open, 7-6,7-5. It was a close competition in which the Swiss Master struggled to find his rank until the tiebreaker of the first set.

Ivashka, on the other hand, played flawless tennis until break and was unable to initiate an aggressive game against the Swiss star. Despite the shaky start, Federer played the tiebreaker well and gave Ivashka no chance to make his move.

In fact, Federer's serve saved the day as he didn't falter in that department alone. Even in the second set, the Swiss master struggled to ignore rust and play freely. But the Belarusian constantly maintained his serve and it seemed that the second set would also be decided in a tiebreaker.

With plenty of experience up his sleeve, the former world number raised the ante at the right time and used his chip returns to good effect. But, Ivashka did win Federer the victory by saving three match points on his serve before landing a forehand to the net.

"Everyone else hasn't played on the grass either" -Federer Speaking to the press after the victory, the former world number one mentioned his expectations for this year's grass season. “We are all in the same boat.

All the others have also not played for Grass in recent years. My goals for Wimbledon are clearly quite high. But if it doesn't work out in Halle, I have another week of practice,” Federer said. At the Noventi Open, the Swiss master had a difficult draw, as he could face young players such as Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev.

However, Federer remains optimistic about his chances at Halle and also at Wimbledon. From what the Swiss has been saying so far in numerous interviews, it seems that he would like to be in shape not only for Wimbledon but also on tour next year.

Roger Federer will face the winner of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of the Halle Open.

Roger Federer on the Next Gen players

Djokovic lifted his 19th Major title on Sunday, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling five-set final.

The win moved the Serb to within one Slam of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's tally of 20. "I saw some of it (Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas), I didn't watch the whole match but you know I also saw the same amount of the semis against Rafa, which was great tennis you know, unbelievable rallies from the baseline," Roger Federer said.

The Swiss also hailed Djokovic for an "incredible victory" against Tsitsipas in the final, where the Serb fought back from a two-set deficit. "Great win by Novak to get over the line there, two tough matches you know, and a couple of weeks as well from Belgrade before, don't forget he played there," Federer said.

"So that was an incredible victory for him. This whole group have announced themselves now, they can win Slams, they can win 1000s, and they can win almost any tournament they play," Roger Federer said. "And this is why you see now there is no fluke on the tour. For me they are great players on all surfaces really."