The swiss Roger Federer He was delighted to return to Roland Garros, where he managed to overcome the first round, but assured that he hopes to have a sufficient level to rival the best on the circuit at Wimbledon.
“After almost a year of recovery, I trust that Wimbledon will be the moment when I will rediscover the ability to play well against the best. I don’t know if I’m going to do it here in Paris …”, he said after defeating Uzbek Denis Istomin .
And as for the Tokyo OlympicsFederer was cautious but excited: “my wish is to play, but the final format has to make sense for me, my family, my team and my country.”
Federer explained that one of the keys to beating the Uzbek was to take advantage of the pauses offered by the moment of taking the towel to dry the sweat between points “to rest” and that that “was the difference” with his defeat two weeks ago in Geneva. before Pablo Andújar.
“It may seem silly, but it’s true. Sometimes you just need to take a little time to breathe, walk towards the towel … In Geneva (when he lost to Andújar in three sets) I hardly took those 2, 3, 4 , 5 extra seconds in which I normally rest in this way, “said the Swiss.
“Today I have made the effort to think about it and that has allowed me to feel, in general, much clearer,” he added. He also felt more comfortable on the court and was able to display a more varied tennis: “I have been able to drop, go up to the net, return to the back of the court, take a quick shot …”
Now, the next stumbling block for the Swiss at Roland Garros will be the second-round match against Marin Cilic (47th in the ATP ranking), who has beaten 7-6 (6), 6-1 and 6-2 to French Arthur Rinderknech, invited by the organization.