The return to Halle of the Swiss champion and twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer lasted much shorter than expected with the Swiss tennis player who succumbed in three sets to the young Canadian talent Felix Auger Aliassime.
Beyond the tennis player's performance, what appeared strange and in some ways worrying was Roger's attitude on the pitch, disheartened and now resigned in the third set to a fate that seemed almost obvious. In addition, the media appeared concerned that Federer delayed his press conference by two and a half hours.
After the defeat against Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer made the following statements: "I needed time to digest the third set, I was disappointed with how the match ended, something similar to what also happened in Geneva.
Honestly, at the end of the match, I didn't know what to say. From the three victories at Roland Garros I have gathered a lot of information on the matches, then changing surfaces is not easy at all, Felix is a great tennis player and he played better than me.
For my part, I didn't have a good attitude, I felt disappointed in how I felt and how things were going. All the difficulties followed me and I was not able to push them away. I realized it wasn't my day and there was nothing I could do.
I am neither happy nor proud." Finally, however, there remains a glimmer of hope: "If you look at the 1500 races or so that I have played in my career these are things that can happen and the good thing is that I know that it will not happen to me the next time I will be on the pitch, I talked to Ivan Ljubicic (coach) and I understood everything.
I just have to be positive and think about the next goal, which is Wimbledon." Finally speaking of the physical problems Roger concluded: "The rehabilitation process has been a great challenge for me, anyone who has undergone several surgeries knows what I am talking about and this is the my biggest concern."
ATP Halle 2021: Roger Federer eliminated by Auger-Aliassime!
Roger Federer's 71st victory in Halle fades. The Swiss had never lost in the second round in the historical German event and had already gone over 70 wins in five tournaments, but on the other side of the net he found a brave Felix Auger-Aliassime, who despite numerous wasted opportunities in the first and in the second set he won in comeback with the final score of 4-6, 6-3, 6.
Both players got off to a good start and left the crumbs for their opponent. The first to concede break points was Federer, who however recovered from 15-40 thanks to a winning serve and an ace. In the next game, the 20-time Grand Slam champion then thundered Auger-Aliassime with an amazing backhand pass.
The Canadian did not give up and at 4-5 he got again two consecutive break points, but Federer was not intimidated: he first sent the message back to the sender and then closed the set with a delicious serve and volley. In the second half of the game, the Swiss still saved himself with his serve, this time from 0-40, but you never scored in response.
The break that extended the match came in the sixth game, when Auger-Aliassime surprised Federer with a very deep response. In the final and decisive set, Federer appeared physically rather struggling and struggled to keep up with his rival.
The Canadian earned the double break in a few minutes, taking advantage of two bad mistakes by Federer: the first with the backhand, the second with the forehand volley.