Waiting for tougher tests, the first of Roger Federer on the clay-courts of the Roland Garros 2021 turns out to be poor in problems. The Swiss champion, in his fourth appearance of the season, beats Denis Istomin with a solid 6-2 6-4 6-3 and returns to success on clay-court exactly two years later.
The Uzbek player, fresh from the sieve of the qualifiers and short of solutions to make an even game, survives just over ninety minutes of play. Federer, who in 2021 had only beaten Dan Evans in Doha, will see it in the second round with Marin Cilic.
The twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who plays an extraordinarily consistent game, closes with a forehand from the center and no longer makes changes to the project until the finish line. Rather. At the foot of the finish line he breaks his opponent's serve for the fifth time.