“Looks Like He Was Never Away”: Alexander Zverev Heaps Praise on Roger Federer’s Performances at French Open 2021

Published 06/04/2021, 2:01 PM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 23: Team Europe Roger Federer of Switzerland and Team Europe Alexander Zverev of Germany speak to the media after their Men’s Singles match on day three of the 2018 Laver Cup at the United Center on September 23, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)


When world number four Dominic Thiem lost his opening round match against Pablo Andujar at French Open this year, fans and pundits felt the same would happen to Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in his comeback to the Parisian clay after 2019.

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But, Federer had two comfortable victories against Denis Istomin and Marin Cilic to reach the third round of Roland Garros. Even though Andujar is a tougher opponent on clay than Istomin and Cilic, Federer used his serve efficiently and won shorter points on his serve.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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“Roger Federer always finds a way” – Zverev reacts to Federer’s performance at French Open

With the Swiss star himself mentioning that he was surprised with his good level of play in the second round match, the consistency of Federer in the upcoming matches remains to be seen.

However, Alexander Zverev, who is a huge fan of the Swiss Maestro, expressed joy over Federer’s back-to-back victories in Paris. The German also added that he was not surprised to see the 20-time grand slam champion in good shape.

Roger Federer always finds a way. You couldn’t expect him to play that well, but it’s not a surprise”, opined Zverev.

The reigning Madrid Open winner also praised the Swiss star’s incredible movement on-court.

What surprises me a little bit is, how well he’s moving after two knee surgeries. That’s incredible. Looks like he was never away”, Zverev concluded. In both the matches, the Swiss star remained toe-to-toe with his opponent and even played some high-quality rallies.

Alexander Zverev of Germany congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on victory follwing their singles match on day three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Before coming to Paris, it’s evident that Federer decided to stick to his strengths, which is to serve at a high percentage and win points with lesser number of shots. This plan has worked well so far.

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Coming to Zverev, he will have the first big challenge on the Parisian clay when he faces the three-time French Open quarter-finalist Kei Nishikori on Sunday.

After playing a five-set thriller against Karen Khachanov in the second round, the Japanese player got lucky as his third-round opponent Henri Laaksonen, retired during the match due to injury.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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