“Still a Little Tricky”: Roger Federer Admits He Needs to Improve His Defense After 2R Win Against Marin Cilic at French Open 2021

Published 06/03/2021, 1:27 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


World No.8 Roger Federer recently exhibited some of his usual exceptional skills to win his second-round match at the French Open 2021. Facing Marin Cilic, the Swiss maestro played some amazing forehands and didn’t show any signs of trouble even after losing the second set. In the end, he enjoyed a comfortable victory over Cilic with a final scoreline of 6-2, 2-6, 7(7)-6(4), 6-2.

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In the post-match interview, Federer admitted that his defense hasn’t been up to the mark in his last two performances at the French Open 2021. However, he also mentioned that his shots were cleaner, which is a good sign for him.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second-round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“My shots are cleaner, in my head. In defence, it’s still a little tricky, which is normal. But I know better how to move forward,” said Federer in the interview.

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It is quite clear that even Federer knows that his defense is not that solid right now. However, he believes he can improve it as he stated that he knows what he needs to do in his next matches.

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“So happy to reach the third round”- Roger Federer

It is after quite some time that Federer played four sets in a match. Thus, he looked quite cheerful after his victory and highlighted that he is really happy to move to the third round.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his second-round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“I didn’t expect to get this high. I’m so so happy to reach the third round,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

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Cilic was surely one of the hardest tests for Federer, especially when he was making a comeback on the tour. However, he passed the challenge with flying colors as he finished the match within four sets.

After this, Roger Federer will advance to the third round of the French Open 2021. He has surely regained some form and also has the momentum with him. Will Federer be able to beat the odds and win his 21st Grand Slam title in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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