When we think of tennis, Roger Federer is one of the iconic tennis players that rush to our mind. He is a Swiss professional tennis pro who is ranked 3rd in the world under the men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
However, for this year's series of the US Open, a different variation of Federer was seen on the court. We have to keep in mind that he has swung that racket for countless years now.
On Tuesday 29th August Federer stepped onto the court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with worries of his recent back issues on his mind.
Federer has already dropped two more sets at this US Open that he did in the entire two weeks en route to the Wimbledon Title. With his physical setbacks, Federer won the match against the 19-year old American Frances Taifoe with 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 sets.
Nonetheless, Federer is always a favourite in any tennis match. A testament to this is the 24,000 packed court to his much awaited return to New York.
In this article we will break down how Federer scraped this win and how the 19-year old American almost beat the five time champion.
Federer Grand Slam Results
Roger Federer reported that :
“I didn’t have the preparation I was hoping to get,” Federer said. “I always knew I was going to come in feeling rusty or not great.”
This is not an easy statement for the most recent champion to make after a topsy turvy match.
According to Tiafoe, Federer ‘ Won by the skin of his teeth.”
We hope that by Thursday Federer would have gained some of his energy to either play against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia or Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.
Federer began the match on a steady decline, proving that this was going to be a hard match to win. However, one could argue that his victory was even sweeter.
“I was maybe a bit worried from the beginning with my back issue, but eventually I was able to let go,” said Federer.
“If I felt that my back was going to get worse every match, I probably wouldn't have played. My hope and belief is that it's only going to get better.”
What’s The Rest Of The US Open Looking Like?
Well, for Federer hopefully it can get better than his first match against Frances Tiafoe.
The Swiss tennis player is yet to lose a Grand Slam title this year. He won his 18th and 19th major titles at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, having skipped the French Open.
One would need to commend Tiafoe who is ranked number 70th in the world made us all doubt that for a second the 19-year old American would beat the tennis giant Roger Federer.
After the match, Federer commented that ‘ “Extremely well. To get through a five-setter you have to be OK. It's going to give me great confidence in the body and in my game, because the preparation was a little bit compromised, so I'm really, really happy with tonight.”
A BBC tennis correspondent perfectly summed up Federer’s close call:
‘Federer was unrecognisable from the man who won Wimbledon without dropping a set as he made 18 unforced errors – the majority on the backhand – to lose the opening set.
Gradually he slipped into a much better groove, assisted by Tiafoe, who lost his way after an excellent start.
But in set four, the roles were reversed to set up a thrilling climax in front of a partisan crowd, who for the most part weren't backing their own man.
Federer's fitness may prove to be an issue as the fortnight develops, but he has at least lived to fight another day.'