It should be another fairly routine day for Roger Federer on Philippe Chatrier when he takes on Oscar Otte for a spot in the third round. The third seed was a winner in his first match at the French Open since 2016 but tougher times await with rising Italian Matteo Berretini a possible opponent in the next round.
Otte has been a journeyman for much of his career, floating between 100 and 200 for the past two years. He made his first slam draw this week as a lucky loser and has built on that with a four set win over Malek Jaziri in the first round. He should be back inside the top 140 this week but would need an unlikely win to better his current career high of 129. It’s going to be a brand new experience for Otte, who has yet to play even a top 20 player in his short time above the Challenger circuit.
Federer eased past Lorenzo Sonego in the first round, breaking the Italian 5 times in a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory. There was little doubt he would advance but is was still a very good start for the Swiss. “I really don’t know how far I can go in this event, and I am very happy with my first round. It was a really good performance,” Federer said.
He is fine with his outsider status, probably coming in at 4th or 5th when it comes to the favourites to win the whole thing. “It’s nice to be an outsider. That’s how I feel, anyhow. Just see how it goes. I know when Wimbledon comes around, sure, I’ll be probably a higher favourite. That’s OK, too. I’m happy that I’m there where I am,” Federer said.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets