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The Basel has a boulevard to impose for his seventh Masters.
London — Roger Federer won on Sunday his first game of the Masters of London, and was imposed in two sets to face Jack Sock 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), no9 world, being perfectly in its bearings for its entry in contention in the tournament of the end of the year.
Not a matter of growing his talent in the first day, Federer has played on the experience to come to the end of the great American, without really straining, taking in the quiet of the immense O2 Arena, its lighting, its ambiance and its rebounds.
“It’s great to be back here, especially after missing last year to injury, has responded to Federer at the end of the meeting. He just had to put the balls in the court, because here, it’s like in the first rounds of each tournament, it is necessary to struggle, because one is not accustomed to the terms and conditions, the bounces of the ball. I was just glad to be able to produce good shots, I will concentrate on my service and have had the good intensity. “
“I think it is the difficulty of each tournament, but here, it is even more accentuated, because the first match is against another member of the top 10 and it makes things really difficult,” he added.
Given the relative weakness of the tray 2017 (without Murray or Djokovic), and the level of play displayed this year by Federer (7 titles including the Australian Open and Wimbledon), the Basel features a boulevard to impose for his seventh Masters : he just had to do the work in the face of Sock.
Talent and experience
At the age of 36, fresh and rested after its stalemate in the tournament of Paris-Bercy, he contented himself to talk about the experience and talent Sunday. “To be honest, it took me a long time to get over it,” he explained, justifying his break after his eighth victory at home to Basel at the end of October.
It has been rather successful : the Swiss escaped from the first game of the encounter, and then retained his lead to claim the first set.
The no. 2 in the world, has accelerated slightly in the second round, creating five new opportunities to break. But, in the face of a Sock of new eye-catching, it has not been able to convert them. That’s not a problem… Federer is armed with his phlegm legendary to crack the American in the decisive game, taking advantage of the mistakes of his opponent. “I am gone and then the second set was tighter. The tie-break would have been able to go to one side or the other. And in the end, he helped me by making mistakes “, then took a look at the winner of 19 grand Slam tournaments.
Rafael Nadal, assured of retaining its place as the no. 1 in the world at the end of the london week, will enter the fray on Monday against the Belgian David Goffin (no. 8). The Spanish is all the same entered on the court Sunday to receive her trophy to the cheers of the public.
“Somehow, I’m happy” for Nadal, ” said Federer. “He deserves it, and, like that, I can focus on this tournament. “Switzerland is not taxed at the O2 Arena since 2011.