June 18, 2019 -- Halle, GER
Nine-time Halle Open Champion, Roger Federer, took to the courts today in his first match against the always tricky, John Millman.
In his first match since Roland Garros, Roger needed just under an hour to get acclimated to the grass courts. He prevailed in his 177th victory on grass with a 7-6, 6-3 victory. He moves on to play Tsonga next.
June 7, 2019 -- Paris, France
Roger faced off against his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal, today in the semifinals of the French Open. Determined to take it to the Spanish player, Roger went into this match never beating Rafa at Roland Garros. In their 39th career meeting, the conditions were not ideal as it was blustery and stormy, making it even harder to get a ball past Rafa.
While Roger did not play bad and had his chances, he just couldn't get a set from the King of Clay and was defeated 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
"He makes you feel uncomfortable the way he defends the court and plays on clay. There is nobody who even plays remotely close to him," said Roger. "I don't even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him. It's just amazing how he plays from deep and then is able to bounce back and forth from the baseline."
June 4, 2019 -- Paris, France
Having flashbacks of the last time Roger found himself in the Quarterfinals at Roland Garros, he took the court today against countryman, Stan Wawrinka. Facing his toughest opponent yet, Stan showed no signs of wear despite his 5-set thriller to get him into the Quarterfinals.
Roger dictated and hit his backhands with ease as he weathered the storm and after a short delay won the match 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
He faces Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, where they will go head to head for the 39th time.
Roger becomes the oldest man at 37 to reach the French Open semifinals since Pancho Gonzales who got there in 1968 when he was 40.
June 2, 2019 -- Paris, France
Roger had a routine win on Sunday as he faced Leonardo Mayer in the Round of 16.
In one of the shorter matches, he broke 5 times and was never in any danger as he won 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Next, he faces countryman, Stan Wawrinka, who found himself in an epic 5-set battle to reach the Quarterfinals.
May 31, 2019 -- Paris, France
The Swiss veteran faced off against 20-year old, NextGen player, Casper Ruud, today in the third round. Going into the match, Roger mentioned he was more familiar with Ruud's father, Christian, rather than his son as they played together on tour from 1999-2001.
While Ruud stayed fairly close with Roger, he just didn't have enough experience to hurt the 20-time Grand Slam Champion.
Roger won the match 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(8) and marches on to the 4th round.
This win means Roger (at 37 years and 305 days old) has set yet another record, becoming the oldest man to make the fourth round at the French Open since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1972.