Roger Federer had to fight at the end of the night to dominate Dominik Koepfer and thus invite himself in the round of 16 of the French Open.
For his first evening session at Roland Garros, Roger Federer was not comfortable facing Dominik Koepfer. Like his opponent, the number 8 seed failed to convert his break points in the first set and even missed a set point in the tenth game. It was finally in a tense decisive game that Roger Federer won the first round.
With the break from the start of the second set, the Swiss thought he had done the hard part but Dominik Koepfer was determined to try his luck in this meeting and glued two games everywhere before an exchange of breaks that caused a second tiebreak. Dominator from the start, the German took the opportunity to return to a round everywhere then broke from the first game of the third set. Roger Federer, however, equalized on his first opportunity to break open and then missed a set point just before the deciding third game.
More applied in the face of an increasingly nervous opponent, the world number 8 took the ascendancy in this meeting. After an exchange of breaks, Roger Federer was able to put the last boost to take the service of Dominik Koepfer and then put an end to the debates in the Parisian night (7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in 3h39 ‘) and join Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2021