After a battle lasting almost four hours, Roger Federer qualifies for the 4th round of the Roland Garros 2021 and he wins the match against the Italian number one Matteo Berrettini. The Swiss is certainly not in his best version, in some ways he is really disappointing but even when he seemed on the verge of collapsing he reacts and wins an exciting victory with the result of 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5, beating in a thrilling challenge Dominik Koepfer.
Roger has the first two break points of the set but does not take advantage of them, in the next game it is Koepfer's turn but the situation remains the same. Federer touches the break several times, he also sees a set point canceled but the natural order of things seems to lead to the tiebreak where Roger gets the decisive minibreak on 5 to 4 and closes the first set on the second occasion.
In the second set the Swiss drops in intensity and above all wastes so many opportunities to close the match. On two occasions he takes a break, but does not appear to be able to close as evidenced by the break immediately to zero in the sixth game, and even in this set in the end the tiebreak is reached.
Here the situation is totally different compared to the first set and Roger disputes a very negative tiebreak losing almost all the points in service and thus losing the set with the result of 7 to 3. The beginning of the third set seems agony with the Swiss broke down and Koepfer who immediately takes a break.
Roger increases the number of errors and seems in clear difficulty when almost inertia and thanks to a few champion shots he overturns the situation, recovers the break and also has a set point on 6 to 5. The fourth set sees Federer go ahead immediately by a break and seem so close to victory but the Swiss complicates his life, makes a few mistakes too many and suffers a counterbreak from the German.
It goes on until the eleventh game when Roger, on 5-5, has two break points and at the first opportunity wins the important break that gives him the victory. So Roger Federer, in the fourth round of Roland Garros, will meet Italian Matteo Berrettini, but his match is in doubt.
During the press-conference after the 3rd round match, Federer said: "I have to think about what the best choice is in view of what lies ahead. We'll see how I feel. I didn't expect to win three games here honestly and I didn't know how much fuel. I still had in the tank when I got an even set. Certainly it was a good fight."