It’s been 20 years, since, Roger Federer made his French Open debut. Federer lost to Pat Rafter in his first round match.
Two-Decades on, He sets up a third round tie against 20-year-old Casper Ruud, son Christopher Ruud, who played in the 1999 French Open.
The Fed-Express stormed past German Oscar Otte, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to set up this interesting tie.
Casper Ruud shocked Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.
Ruud’s father Christian reached the third round of Roland Garros in 1999, when Federer made his main draw debut at the age of 17.
“They practiced together,” said Casper.
“So I think I remember I thought it was cool, but I was young when he told me. I didn’t realise how big of a player and champion Roger was at the time.
“But, you know, I don’t think he had won any Slams at that point when my father practiced with him, so I don’t think my father put too much into it himself.
“He was a youngster and he was a good youngster. I think he was number one in the world juniors, so my father knew that.”
“I will be the first Ruud to say that I was able to play him, so that’s a bit funny. But I’ve been a little bit more of a Rafa fan and Rafa guy,” he admitted.
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Federer, playing in Paris for the first time since 2015, where he lost out to compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.
“Thanks to the fans, a thousand times thanks.”
“The Grand Slams are incredible. You can meet a player who qualified who (you) have not heard of before,” said the 2009 champion.
“It was difficult, he really played a great match.
“Happily for me, he helped me with some mistakes at the end of the sets,” said Federer after his victory against Otte.
In other fixtures, Rafael Nadal defated Yannick Maden, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Federer’s Davis Cup teammate, Stan Wawrinka also won his match against Chile’s Cristia Garin, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.