Roger Federer eased into the second spherical of the ATP grass-court match in Halle on Monday with a straight-sets win over qualifier Ilya Ivashka.
Federer, who turns 40 in August, registered a 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over Belarusian Ivashka, ranked ninetieth on the earth. Federer, the fifth seed in Halle, will meet Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime or Hubert Hurkacz of Poland within the second spherical.
“There’s room for enchancment, however I’m proud of my first recreation right here on grass. I really feel good,” mentioned Federer, presently ranked eighth on the earth, who’s bidding to win the Halle match for the eleventh time.
Having had two surgical procedures on his proper knee in 2020, Federer, who has gained 20 Grand Slam titles, withdrew from the fourth spherical of the French Open final week to provide himself extra relaxation.
He’s utilizing Halle to tune up for his bid to win a ninth title at Wimbledon, which begins June 28.
Federer had no issues shifting across the courtroom and when the primary set went to a tie-breaker, he raced right into a 6-1 lead, then transformed his fourth set level.
Federer broke Ivashka’s serve to steer 6-5 within the second, changing his fourth match level to e book his place within the second spherical after one hour, 36 minutes.