Federer Makes a difficult Victory with a Comeback in Stuttgart. Roger Federer booked a tough win on Wednesday after his return from the competition after months of absence.
The number two of the world rankings in the second round of the ATP tournament in Stuttgart ended with Mischa Zverev: 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2.
Federer chose to skip the gravel season last year. His final tournament was the Miami Open tournament in March but eliminated in the second round by Australian Thanasi Kokinnakis.
When Federer reaches the final in Stuttgart, he resolves Rafael Nadal as number one of the world rankings. The Spaniard won Roland Garros for the eleventh time last weekend.
The 36-year-old Federer had a bye in the first round in Stuttgart. He started with difficulty against 30-year-old Zverev, the number 54 in the world ranking. It was only in the second part of the game that the global number two went up steam.
In the first set, the players went reasonably evenly. The sometimes sloppy Federer left four break chances. Zverev used his first breakpoint in the eighth game and then won the first set at his service.
In the second set, Federer’s game became more constant. In the sixth game, he broke the service of Zverev, who instantly broke back in the next game.
In the tenth game, the Swiss still struck. Federer, who never lost to Zverev in six matches, hardly ran into problems in the third set.
In the third round, Ferderer plays against the Argentinian Guido Pella or Prajnesh Gunneswaran from India.