After 701 days, Roger Federer (8th) played a game again on the surface that best suits him: the grass. After getting off the round of 16 at Roland Garros, the Swiss arrived at Find with the intention of seeking his 11th trophy in the ATP 500. In addition, he will use it in preparation for Wimbledon, the great desire of His Majesty. The beginning could not have been better. Without breaking down, he defeated Ilya Ivashka (90 °) for 7-6 (4) and 7-5 in one hour and 36 minutes of play. In the next instance, the former world number 1 will collide with the winner of the cross between Felix Auger-Aliassime (21 °) and Hubert hurkacz (17th), who will play this Tuesday.
After achieving victory against Ivashka, the Swiss reached 188 wins on grass and, in this way, it continues to move away from the 186 achieved by Jimmy Connors, who ranks second in this area. Taking into account the active players, those who follow Roger are nothing more and nothing less than Andy Murray (124th), with 107, and Novak Djokovic (1st) with 95.
The last match Federer had played on grass was against Djokovic in the unforgettable final of Wimbledon 2019, where the Serbian, saving two match points, managed to win the title after 13-12 in the fifth set. Thinking about the looming British Grand Slam, the one in Basel was clear and optimistic: “My expectations for Wimbledon are high. We are all players in the same boat, the others have not played on grass in recent years either. If Halle does not work out, I have another week of practice.”
The dreams of, for many, the best player of all time are deposited in the All England. Nobody takes away the illusion of dedicating himself there for the ninth time in his career (he is the maximum champion). At the age of 39, the Swiss will also go in search of his 20th trophy on this surface in which he is the maximum winner of all time, beating Rod Laver (14) and Ken Rosewall (11).