Roger Federer continued his rise in the 2021 season when he began his grass-court season at the ATP Halle Open. He defeated Ilya Ivashka in the first round and is now on a four-game winning streak after retiring before the fourth round of the 2021 French Open.
Federer is playing on grass after two years. His absence from the tour for his operation and the coronavirus pandemic had delayed the famous reunion. Now Federer is back on his preferred surface and is excited after the victory.
“Yes, I missed it, I haven't played a tournament in two years on this surface. I have done hard courts, I have done clay and I have done grass, so it has been fantastic to play in Halle, I love playing here. You only meet very few people, obviously it's a bit disappointing for all of us.
But at the same time, I'm excited to be back on the green grass and obviously getting a win is very good." In analyzing his match, Federer was happy with his serve despite the initial problems. But the Swiss master still lacks the desired movement and therefore he needs more matches.
“I had a difficult time, I won early and it was crucial to get out of that and then I played a great tiebreaker to calm my nerves. I served very well. My service has been there all the time this year. I feel good. It's just the legs.
I'm looking for matches."
Federer reiterated his long-standing desire to do well at Wimbledon
According to the World No. 8, even an early defeat at Halle wouldn't hurt him too much as it would allow him another week's worth of practice.
"We're all in the same boat," Roger Federer said. "Everyone else hasn't played on the grass either for the last couple of years. My goals for Wimbledon are clearly quite high. But if it doesn't work out in Halle, I have another week's practice.
I had a tough moment in the first set when he had a break point so that was crucial to get out of those and then I played a really good tiebreaker which I was happy about," Federer said. "I think as the match went on I started to create more opportunities and started to calm my nerves a little bit; overall I think I served very well.
Clearly it can always be a little better but I'm happy and excited that I was able to get through the first one," Roger Federer continued. "The back is good, I feel fine from that standpoint. It's just really the legs and the match fitness that I'm looking forward to and getting through breakers."