Paris: Veteran Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer stormed into the second round of the ongoing French Open on Monday with a classy display.
Federer successfully outplayed Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in the first-round match played at Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Il s'impose 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 contre Istomin! pic.twitter.com/72ch5MkZuO
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2021
The 39-year-old veteran was able to bring his A-game in the first set and managed to easily win it 6-2, giving Istomin absolutely no chance.
However, the man from Uzbekistan did manage to put up a spirited display in the second set and successfully secured four games to his name. However, Federer’s experience helped him hold his ground and he ended up winning the second set 6-4, and was just one more set away from progressing to the second round of this year’s Roland Garros.
Federer did finally managed to secure the match in the third set, as he walked away with a comfortable win in the end in straight sets.
On May 30, Dominic Thiem got knocked out of the French Open after facing a first-round defeat against Pablo Andujar.
Andujar made an iconic comeback to erase a two-set deficit to upset the Austrian 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. This was also Thiem’s first ever loss in the opening round of the French Open.
Meanwhile, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka announced her decision to pull out of the ongoing French Open tournament.
In a statement released on Twitter, Osaka said: “Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly,” she said.