French Open: Roger Federer has celebrated in the last 32 after booking his place.© AFP
Roger Federer got involved in a strange running dispute with a bench referee on Thursday before safely securing 32nd place in the French Open. Federer saw Marin Cilic in 10 meetings in 11 meetings, winning 6-2, 2-6, 7. -6 (7/4), 6-2 but with referee Emmanuel Joseph after a second set. He has won the Grand Slam 20 times, giving the 1-3 down to between points for too much time. “I don’t even dare go to my towel,” they told Jose.
Federer, the oldest man in the 39-year draw, lost his composure and set before Cilic recovered to defeat the former world number three.
“I had some really good moments, especially in the tie-break, and I served very well at the finish line,” said Federer, the 2009 Paris champion, after getting 47 winners.
“It shows me that I still have something in the tank. It’s very important for confidence.”
Former US Open winner Cilic was also given a third warning.
Playing only in his second French Open since 2015, Federer will be Germany’s 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer in the last sixteen opponents.
Federer has reached the last 32 in Paris for 16 years now, having made his debut in 1999.
However, he is playing his third tournament of the year and his first Slam since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 finals of the Australian Open.
In the meantime, they had two knee surgeries.
Qualifying eight this year, he will play against Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
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