Roger Federer qualified for the second round of the ATP in Halle. Two years after the match with Djokovic, the Swiss champion beats Ilya Ivashka with a very rocky 7-6 (4) 7-5 and catches the fifth success of the season. The number one hundred twenty-eight on grass-courts.
Federer, who struggles to find valid alternatives in response at the start, while becoming more dangerous during the match, needs a double tie break to overcome the cut of the first round. On the way of ten-time champion of tournament one between Felix Auger Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz.
At the foot of the semifinals there could even be the number one of the big group Daniil Medvedev. Federer acts in parallel as a completely necessary presence. The Swiss champion, who obviously tries to shorten the number of prolonged exchanges and build with his serve, clears a handful of break points in the fourth game, but gets out of trouble (at 30-30) in two rather dangerous scoring situations.
On 3-4 and 5-6. Federer inaugurates the jeu decisif with a splendid backhand response, he does not immediately take advantage of the mini-break advantage, but rather easily spikes on 6-1 and despite a bit of indecision he takes advantage of the fourth chance available.
Federer manages to find multiple solutions in response. At least to look out for the advantages at the start and at 30-30 in the fourth game. The ten-time champion of the tournament, who obviously also tries to slow down the game on the left diagonal and push with the forehand from the opposite side, cuts the diagonal perfectly with the forehand on 5-4 40-40 and on the first match point a arrangement makes the Belarusian play a rather complicated volley.
Good and lucky in this specific case. Federer condenses the vast majority of attention at the foot of the tie break: needless to say he comes up with a winning answer, forces Ivashka to make the mistake in the immediately following case and at 0-30 he concedes an encore.
After a rather gross mistake with the backhand on the first match point, the Swiss fails to enter the exchange at 30-40, but takes advantage of a gift from Ivashka in the third case.
Roland Garros 2021: Barbora Krejcikova won the her first Slam title!
Barbora Krejcikova won her first Slam title of her carerr by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Both played the first Grand Slam final in singles in their careers, at the Roland Garros 2021. The Russian became the first player to reach the last act of a Major after having played more than 50 (52 in total) after winning the semifinals.
The Czech, before today, had managed to hit this goal only in doubles, where she has won five times between women's doubles and mixed doubles. Certainly the memories will be much sweeter and more vivid for the Czech player than for the Russian Pavlyuchenkova, in the opening game, took advantage of her opponent's two double faults, one on the break point, to take the lead immediately.
Unfortunately for her, however, her first will be the only game she will win in the first set. Krejcikova started pushing with more conviction in response and dominating the rallies from the baseline; while the Russian has repeatedly lost control of both the backhand and the forehand in important moments: the first of her cost her her serve in the fourth game, the second in the sixth.
In the second part of the game it was a slap on the fly that shifted the balance. Pavlyuvhenkova nullified a heavy break point with this strike and immediately surprised her opponent in response with a stunning long-winning backhand.
The two players decided to play the same film as the first set but playing the part of the other. The only moment of tension for the Russian came to an end in the seventh game, when she was forced to ask for the intervention of the physiotherapist for a problem in her left leg; a problem that did not prevent her from taking the dispute to the last and decisive set.
The two tennis players kept their serve without problems in the first two games, then Pavlyuchenkova chose the worst moment to hit the first double fault of her game and give her rival the turn to serve. Krejcikova, despite her, did the same and allowed the Russian to record with the forehand.
The break that elects the new queen of Paris is that of the seventh game: Krejcikova bends the defenses of Pavlyuchenkova and launches the winning forehand. The Russian finally closed the match with a forehand that ended over the bottom line.
Krejcikova, thanks to this victory, became the first Czech tennis player to conquer Roland Garros since 1981. Tomorrow Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will challenge each other in the final of the men's singels: Nole is lokking for his 19th Slam, Stefanos will play his first Slam final.
"So I don’t know what the expectations should be, but for me, my focus is on, you know, my body and that’s my hope and my goals is to be physically fit. I’m still training well and practising well, and I’m in good shape in terms of all the numbers and everything I’m producing in the gym.
‘I’m aware that that stuff is really it’s irrelevant. You need to be able to get through tennis matches and compete at the highest level. I have been unable to do that. So I have said at the beginning I don’t want to promise anything in terms of that respect, because I don’t even know myself exactly.
Let’s wait and see what happens, but my goal and priority is to be healthy." Murray still loves the game and that's the reason why he is still playing it profesionally. ‘The reason why I’m still playing is because I love playing tennis,’ he added.
‘You know, I spoke to a number of my ex-coaches who were players and played at high level. I asked them about like when they finished playing or what it was like at the end of their careers and stuff. ‘Unanimously they were all, like, “Look, it was extremely difficult to stop playing, and our advice would be to play as long as you can, so long as you are still enjoying it, you know, and providing your body can still do it”. Which maybe there is question marks over mine in that respect."