World No. 8 Roger Federer is all set to take on Felix Auger Aliassime in the second-round clash of the Noventi Open 2021 in Halle. After bailing out early from the French Open 2021, the Swiss tennis star seems to have regained his form. He has played just three tournaments prior to the Noventi Open this season.
However, the way he defeated Ilya Ivashka in the first round shows what he can do on the court. Federer went past Ilya Ivashka in straight sets in the first round at Halle. However, it was not a cakewalk for the 20 time Grand Slam champion. Federer struggled to deal with his opponent’s serve on several occasions. The Swiss now has a tough task ahead of him in the name of Felix Auger-Aliassime.
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Roger Federer is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. He has lived up to the expectations for a long time as well. However, he was a bit shaky against Dominik Koepfer in the last match he played in the French Open 2021. Even Ilya Ivashka stretched him quite a bit in the previous encounter.
On the other hand, Felix Auger-Aliassime is coming off a fantastic run in the Stuttgart Open. He managed to reach the final of the tournament but was defeated by Marin Cilic in the all-important final. Nevertheless, Felix would be high on confidence and he will fancy his chances against Federer.
The Canadian thrashed Hurkacz in the first-round clash in the Noventi Open. He managed to hit nine aces and won 82% of his first-serve points. Auger-Aliassime will look to attack Federer right from the word go.
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Federer is desperately searching for form and he will give his best in the next round. However, Felix has played a lot more games than Federer in recent times and has been in tremendous form as well. The odds are in favor of Federer but Felix will not go down without a tough fight.