Roger Federer will face Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the round of 16 of the French Open on Sunday.
At 37 years of age, Federer is still going strong. He is yet to drop a set in Paris this time as he looks to capture his second French Open title. The only title he won came in 2009 which allowed him to complete the quartet of Grand Slams. He has not taken part at Roland-Garros in recent years, which has allowed him to focus his energy at other tournaments. But this time his body has complied with him, and he has graced the French capital.
Federer beat Frenchman Lorenzo Sonego in the first round in straight sets. He faced Oscar Otte in the next round and beat him in straight sets as well. Casper Ruud was his opponent in the last match, and Federer prevailed 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(8). Ruud played well in the latter stages, but Federer had enough in the tank to get it done in three sets. Ruud had a set point in the third set, but Federer saved it and converted his to progress.Embed from Getty Images
“I enjoyed the match. I thought it was tough, even though I had a good run there for a while,” Federer said after the game. “The first goal has been reached by getting this deep into the tournament, and knowing where the game’s at, knowing where the fitness is, the mind.” The serve-and-volley approach served the Swiss well against Ruud, and he will hope to continue that in the next match.
Federer will face another veteran in the round of 16 in the form of Leonardo Mayer. Aged 32, Mayer has a winning record at the French Open. He is 11-9 in Paris, and Roland-Garros is the only Grand Slam where he holds a winning record. Mayer is an experienced player, and he has made the main draw at the French Open nine times before this year. The farthest he has got is the third round, which he managed three times.Embed from Getty Images
Mayer faced Nicolas Mahut in his last game. Mahut took the first set 6-3, and Mayer had a small mountain to climb. He did that admirably and won the game 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(3). The game was close, and the Argentine had to come through two tie-breakers to progress to the next round. The head to head record is an encouraging one for Federer. The two have met three times, and the Swiss has won all three times. As for Mayer, he will look to achieve his highest finish at the French Open.
Roger Federer vs Leonardo Mayer Prediction
Federer will go into the game as the favorite, owing to his form at the tournament thus far. His serve especially has looked great, and Mayer will have a hard time dealing with it. The Argentine will make it tougher than the first three rounds, but Federer should get the win in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals.