“I have missed playing on grass,” Roger Federer wins in the first round of Halle Open after French Open 2021 withdrawal

Roger Federer, fifth seed at Halle Open 2021 defeated the Belarusian, Ilya Ivashka in the first round on Monday.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Roger Federer made a winning return to the grass courts, as he scored a straight sets victory over Ilya Ivashka in the first round of Halle Open 2021. The Swiss had withdrawn from the French Open last week, after winning his third round encounter over Dominik Koepfer.

Roger Federer is chasing his 11th title at Halle Open, as he is seeded fifth at the tournament. Federer won by a score line of 7-6, 7-5 and has to toil hard to bag his first victory on grass courts in over two years.

With Wimbledon 2021 just two weeks away, it is of utmost importance that Roger Federer gets back to playing his best tennis.

Roger Federer makes a winning return to his ‘beloved’ surface

Roger Federer last played on grass courts two years ago, where he lost in the finals of Wimbledon 2021 to Novak Djokovic. The Swiss has achieved maximum amount of success on grass courts, and will hope to add his 21st Grandslam title at Wimbledon 2021.

Roger Federer served well during his win over Ivashka, and had a first serve accuracy of 79%. He hit four aces, as compared to Ivashka’s tally of eight aces. The Swiss could manage to convert just one of his four break point opportunities, whereas, Ivashka failed to break the fifth seed.

Roger Federer was delighted after winning his first round match-up, and stated that he missed playing on the grass courts. “I am fine overall. I need to play matches. I have missed playing on grass, it’s been two years. Getting a win is nice,” said Federer.

Roger Federer will now face the winner of the first round match between Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger Aliassime in the second round. The 39-year old is in the same quarter of the draw as the top seed, Daniil Medvedev, and the duo are expected to face each other in the semifinals.

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