French Open 2019: Roger Federer outclasses Oscar Otte to ease through
May 31 2019
Djokovic, bidding to become just the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice, cruised to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen.
Next up for the third seed is a clash with Norway's Ruud - a self-proclaimed fan of Rafael Nadal - who put out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was "prepared" to face some underarm serves from entertaining Kazakh Alexander Bublik as he reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year on Thursday.
Roger Federer might be getting up there in years, but he still keeps winning tennis matches.
Christian Ruud's last career tournament was the 2001 French Open where he retired in the first round against Sargis Sargsian.
Federer saved all four break points he faced.
Roger Federer, 37, joked to a stadium filled with screaming kids that he's "so super old".
"I don't like the word 'easy, ' because when you win, it always looks easier", Nadal said.
"It might have happened to me but it's quite rare, because with the years I have spent on the tour, normally I know the players, but it shows that there are new players coming in, and it's gradually changing". It was different times back then.
Neither player had seen a break point through the first nine games but Federer pressed hard with his opponent serving at 4-5 and converted his first set point.
The 20-time major victor gets Norwegian Casper Ruud next.
"They practiced together", said Casper.
"Roger (Federer) had his girls and his boys as well, I think, last year and the years that he won at the trophy ceremony, so I was hoping I can have Stefan, too". I didn't realise how big of a player and champion Roger was at the time.
"I know probably more about his dad", Federer said, "than about him".
"He was a youngster and he was a good youngster".
Earlier on Monday, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki collapsed to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Russian world number 68 Veronika Kudermetova in the first round. Casper Ruud is a very exciting prospect but the Norwegian lacks the experience and skills required to compete with Federer.
Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced, making it to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time.
"I will be the first Ruud to say that I was able to play him, so that's a bit amusing".
"Then in the third, being honest, I think I lost a little bit of concentration and intensity".
Later on Wednesday, 20-time Grand Slam title victor Federer continues his Roland Garros return after a four-year absence against German lucky loser Oscar Otte.
"Thanks to the fans, a thousand times thanks".
"I just tried to open the court more, because from closer to the body, she played really, really good".
Up to now, it hasn't affected me and I'm happy about that.