World No. 8 Roger Federer made a thumping comeback to the grasscourt. He defeated Ilya Ivashka in the first round of Halle Open 2021 without much trouble. After withdrawing mid-way from the French Open 2021 last week, Federer sent worrying signals among his fans across the globe.
This win will give a sigh of relief to Federer and his followers. Chasing his 11th title at Halle Open, fifth-seeded Federer dominated the proceedings and won in straight sets by 7-6, 7-5. However, Ivashka was able to stretch Federer quite a bit in both sets, but not enough to throw him off-guard.
Federer’s amazing shot under pressure wins the internet
Roger Federer is known for playing some outrageous shots on the tennis court. In the first set against Ivashka, the Swiss tennis star was trailing. While the pressure was on the legend to come out on top, he played as if he had no doubt in his mind that he is going to emerge victoriously.
This particular shot played by the multiple Grand Slam champion made tennis fans fall in love with his game-play, if they already weren’t. After failing to make contact on the first attempt, Federer quickly turned back and before the ball could touch the court, he sent it back towards his opponent.
After the much needed win in his first round match, Federer stated that he missed playing on the grass courts. He claimed that he hasn’t played on the grass for the last two years and it feels good to come back into winning ways.
Federer further claimed that he still needs to get better. “There is room for improvement, but I am happy with my first game here on grass. I feel good,” said Federer. He was tested by the 27-year-old Belarusian tennis star Ilya Ivashka in both sets.