Swiss superstar Roger Federer is through to the third round of the French Open, where he will now face Dmitry Tursunov for a fifth time on the professional tour. Roger leads the head-to-head series 4-0 and will be looking to remain undefeated against the Russian on Friday afternoon.
The world No. 4 reached the third round at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over world No. 109 Diego Sebastian Schwartzman. It marked his 60th victory in the Paris Slam and sets up a fun match-up with the 31st seed Dmitry Tursunov. The Swiss No. 2 hit 9 aces, 2 double faults, won 82% of his first service points and hit a total of 29 winners to his 34 unforced errors.
“I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me,” said the 32-year-old Federer. “I didn’t feel relaxed for the entire match… He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me.”
- Roger Federer has not reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament since winning his 17th Major title at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
His opponent, Dmitry Tursunov, took out the No. 2 American Sam Querrey to reach the third round in Paris. The Russian won the match 6-4, 7-5, 6-1, and will now make his first appearance in the third round of the French Open since 2006.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 4-0. Their most recent encounter took place at Indian Wells, which Federer won with a pair of tiebreakers. While the world No. 32 could make this contest interesting, he is not likely to trouble Federer much en route to the final 16.
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