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Roger Federer achieves more achievements in the French Open



By winning his first two starts at Roland Garros this week, Federer reached his 400th Grand Slam match when he appeared before the tribunal against Casper Ruud on Friday. No player has ever done that.

If I had missed the French Open for Wimbledon, the grand slam with which most commonly badociated thanks to the eight titles, SW19 would have harbored the feat.

And when he beat fast-rising Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) in Suzanne Lenglen, the 37-year-old also became the oldest man in the fourth round at the French Open since the Italian Nicola Pietrangeli Almost 50 years ago in 1972.

Federer's power in tennis is summed up very well in the fact that when he competed in his first French Open in 1999, Ruud's father, Christian, participated in the draw.

Despite his lack of clay practice in recent years, Federer has made it look easy this week in Paris.

Ruud, who admitted to being a big fan of Rafael Nadal while growing up and training at the Spanish academy in Mallorca, feels more comfortable on earth when he hits his punches on the ground.

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Arsenal of shots

The Swiss kept the Norwegian in 63rd position completely unbalanced with his brilliant variety of shots.

He served and volleyed, threw his patented short slice and defended himself magnificently. There were gasps when Federer crushed a right-footed pbad in the fourth game of the second set, moments after using the pace of a Ruud service to deliver a laser as the backhand winner.

Not to mention an impressive backhand overload.

Federer had to work harder in the third set, recovering from 0-2 and subsequently needing to save a break chance at 3-4. In the tiebreak after losing two match points, he was forced to keep a set point.

The relatively comfortable start for Federer counteracted much of what happened most on a day when the sun finally appeared and temperatures rose.

In fact there was a lot of drama.

The second seed Karolina Pliskova fell to the dangerous Petra Martic 6-3 6-3, becoming the last major contender to leave after Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens.

The versatile Martic advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the third time after winning her first title in Istanbul in April. This after his career almost ended in 2016 due to a back injury.

Things started to move away from the large portion of Pliskova when he broke from 40-0 to 3-3 in the first.

"I think she played well," Pliskova said. "I sure could do better.

"I definitely should not lose a couple of services in the first set when I was in the games."

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Drama party point

Twelfth seed Anastasia Sevastova saved five match points in three different games to overcome Elise Mertens 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 11-9 in three hours, 18 minutes in the match immediately before Federer.

Sevastova, who initially left the game in 2013 due to injuries before returning, defended herself from a match point with a sublime drop shot. In another, his setback on the line barely reached the line.

Lesia Tsurenko, the 27th seed, won a meeting with defending champion Simona Halep by completing a 7-5 5-7 11-9 victory over Aleksandra Krunic after the darkness stopped the proceedings to 6-6 in the third Thursday set.

Krunic had lost 4-1 in the third set, although later he could not serve the game four times or convert a match point.

Tsurenko was happy to pbad, especially after what she said was the trauma of turning 30 on Thursday.

"I start thinking that I am 30 years old, and I do not have much time to play on the tour and all these bad things," said Tsurenko, whose Ukrainian compatriot Elina Svitolina came out against the 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza. "They were not really bad, but some not very good for the game were probably getting into my head."

"And it was very difficult to play mentally."

If that was a crushing defeat for Krunic, the same could be said for the reverse of Lucas Pouille.

Pouille heartbreak

One of the houses that hopes to end France's 35-year-old drought at Roland Garros, the 22nd seed seeded down and faced the unpredictable Martin Klizan on Thursday. He moved 2-1 in sets to the Slovak and 0-2, 0-40 in service in the fourth.

The match was also suspended due to bad light – the French Open lacks lights – Pouille recovered to build a 5-3 lead in the fifth set, only to succumb 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6- 3 3-6 9-7.

Nadal expects the lightning will not hit twice when he meets the 27th seed, David Goffin. Exactly 10 years ago, the Spaniard lost his first game at Roland Garros against Swede Robin Soderling.

The result certainly helped Federer, who won his only French Open crown a week later.

Nadal won four French Open titles before then, and has won seven more since then.


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