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Federer shines on his return to Paris

Federer shines on his return to Paris

The Swiss Roger Federer shone on his return to Roland Garros and, after a year of absence, advanced to the second round of a tournament in which the Japanese Naomi Osaka will not follow, who has not endured the controversy generated by her decision not to attend to press conferences.

One day after boycotting the press after winning his first match and receiving a fine of $ 15,000 and the threat of exclusion in case of repeat offenses, the world’s number 2 took the initiative and announced his withdrawal through the social networks.

“I think the best thing for Roland Garros, the other players and my personal well-being is to leave so that everyone can focus on the tournament again,” she said on Twitter.

Her retirement, although few considered her among the candidates for her poor adaptation to clay, overshadowed the day, marked by the return of Federer and the first victory in five attempts by Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The men’s number 2, who is not a clay fan either, finally overcame the pitfall he had fallen into in the previous four seasons, the first round, and beat Kazakh Alexander Bulbik 6-3, 6- 3 and 7-5.

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A triumph that led him to say that he is on the clay of Paris better than in any other and that despite the fact that the forecasts do not predict he will go very far, he aspires to sign something important.

His next rival will be American Tommy Paul, who defeated Australian Christopher O’Connell, invited by the organizers, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 and 7-5.

Nor do the pools give Federer many victory options, but on his way to 40 years the Swiss showed that he has tennis left and that he maintains the adoration of the public, scarce due to the pandemic, of Paris.

After a year of absence, the Swiss beat the Uzbek Denis Istomin, 34, from the previous phase, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3.

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Although he did not have much opposition, the Swiss left details of his quality in the fourth game he plays this season, in which he achieved his second victory, the first on clay.

His path to a new final at Roland Garros, a tournament he won in 2009, is riddled with potholes. The next will be the Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat the French Arthur Rinderknech 7-6 (6), 6-1 and 6-2.

Although Federer acknowledged that his sights are still set on Wimbledon, when he aspires to be at the level of the best, and at the Tokyo Games, which will play if conditions are favorable.

The men’s team is awaiting the debut tomorrow of the Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, against the American Tennys Sandgren, and the Spanish Rafael Nadal, number 3 and thirteen times winner, against the Australian Alexei Popyrin.

The women’s is recovering from the explosion caused by Osaka, but regained joy with the smile of the Polish Iga Swiatek, winner of the last edition and who celebrated her twentieth birthday with a victory against the Slovenian Kaja Juvan poor 6-0 and 7- 5.

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At times, the Pole reminded the whirlwind that the last edition helped her to triumph without giving up a set, despite her overflowing youth that seems to gallop freely through the clay of Paris.

Her next rival will be the Swedish Rebecca Peterson, who defeated the American Shelby Rogers by 6-7 (3), 7-6 (8) and 6-2.

Less lucid was the American Sofia Kenin, last year’s finalist, who had to work hard to defeat the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, winner in 2017, whom she ended up defeating 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3.

The duel was resolved by details and fell on the side of the American, seeded number 4, who will now face her compatriot Hailey Baptiste, from the previous phase, who defeated the Russian Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-4 . EFE (HN)

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