“I felt good on the court and played aggressive tennis”
Back at Roland Garros after reaching the semi-final in 2019, Roger Federer met Denis Istomin in the first round in June. It was only the Swiss legend’s fourth game after last year’s Australian Open, and he looked good on the pitch against Denis Istomin in a 6-2, 6-4 win. , 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes.
Fighting in his first major game in nearly 500 days, Roger delivered sharp and aggressive tennis from start to finish, dictating the trade with 48 winners and 20 unforced errors and doing everything to leave the Uzbek behind.
Istomin never imposed his punches and did nothing on the return, facing 13 break opportunities and getting broken five times to propel Federer above and towards his fourth win of the season. Roger was pleased with the way he fought, saying he had done everything according to plan and felt good with his moves and groundstrokes.
Federer had a huge advantage in the shorter rallies up to four strokes and overpowered Istomin in the longer ones to cross the finish line and establish the second round clash with Marin Cilic. Federer barely dropped a point behind the opening shot in Game 1 and got two breaks for commanding 6-2.
Roger Federer needed an hour and 33 minutes to beat Denis Istomin at Roland Garros.
Istomin was still helpless coming back from set two, suffering an early break and allowing Roger to win 6-4 and move closer to the finish line.
Federer produced four comfortable catches in the third set and took breaks in games five and nine to step over and celebrate the 363rd major victory, the first since the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinal. ” I felt much clearer and much better on the pitch than in previous meetings.
Maybe the type of opponent allowed me to have a lot of ways to get the point. I knew that if I came on the net it was an option; hitting a drop shot was always another, besides getting the ball early. I felt that I had made a greater effort to go more in the swings and not to cross them like in training, where you go point by point.
Sometimes I have to say to myself, ‘Take a little time, walk to the towel, do something different.’ Overall I’m happy with my move, and I’ve also intentionally reduced the rally so that I don’t get dragged into the long rallies, ”said Roger Federer.