Roger Federer got off to a good start against Marcel Granollers Wednesday afternoon in Paris, then needed to fight back to avoid falling behind 5-2 in the second set. The Swiss maestro pulled out the set in a tiebreak and then overcame an early break in the third set with a 12-point seventh game. With 38 winners and three aces, the 2009 Roland Garros champion defeated Granollers 6-2 7-6 (1) 6-3 to move into the third round.
Afterward, the 17-time grand slam champion reflected on a brief moment of frustration during the match (video below) and regaining his rhythm. “I think I was actually playing very well,” said Federer. “I wasn’t nervous really. I think things went well for me for the first couple of sets. I think I was in control. Even though I was down a break in the second set, I still felt the match was in my racquet. And when you feel that way, obviously you’re always going to feel more confident, more comfortable, not nervous.”
“But the thing you don’t want to do is you want to start off badly sets, and that’s what happened in the beginning of the third. I played a horrible game. It was just very disappointing and frustrating. But after that, I must say, it was probably my best spell of the match right after that… I was offensive. I was successful at net. So overall, I was very, very pleased.”
On his longevity. “Why not?” he said with a smile when asked if his five-year-old twin girls have provided an extra boost of energy. “The goal was always to play for a long time regardless if I had kids or not. I’m happy I’m still going, and I’m happy that my kids occasionally come to watch me play. I would definitely think it had a positive effect on me as a person and my life, as a player. My relationship with my wife, it’s been wonderful.”
In Friday’s third round, Federer will face Damir Dzumhur, who defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-2.