Federer suffers to beat Koepfer at dawn

Roger Federer passed those of Cáin to win at night and some treachery over Dominik Koepfer. The Swiss, who had offered good feelings in the previous games, gave the sand to the 27-year-old German and 59th in the world. He had to play three tiebreaks and 12 games in the fourth set (7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) and 7-5 in 3:35) to overcome this fierce tennis player who surprised in 2019 by reaching the eighth of the US Open.

Federer will meet in the fourth round, which reaches for the 68th time in Grand Slams (all-time record), the Italian Matteo Berrettini, who easily beat South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (7-6 (6), 6-3 and 6 -4 at 2:11).

The Helvetian could not find a way to easily overwhelm a rival with rhythm and desire, who knew the recent vulnerability of his opponent, defeated in a few months by Basilashvili and Andújar, on different surfaces. It could be said that Federer did not like playing at night at the Philippe Chatrier, without an audience, in a cold environment. His body language denoted it at all times. He looked frowning and at times a certain reluctance. In others, he played like a kamikaze, as if instead of moving on clay he was doing it on the grass at Wimbledon.

Patience and magic

He did a lot of raises after serve that they did not touch and Koepfer humiliated him with slops and balloons. But he kept calm and knew how to pull his magic with some incredible blows to solve the ballot while waiting for better times and sensations. Much will have to improve to continue, but exceptional things can always be expected from him.

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