Roger Federer does not need any reminders about his advancing years, but he will get one anyway when he faces Casper Ruud in the third round of the French Open.
The 20-year-old Norwegian is the son of former professional Christian Ruud, who was in the draw when Federer made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros 20 years ago.
“I know probably more about his dad than about him,” Federer said of Casper, who claimed an impressive 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory over 29th seed Matteo Berrettini to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“I know that he’s improved a lot in recent years, and I think he plays very well on the clay. But for any 20-year-old to be on the big stage, playing a top guy, on a centre court, that’s what you dream of.”
Casper is coached by Christian, who will be supporting him from the stands on Friday.
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“I think they practised together once, he told me, but he never played him,” said Casper. “So I will be the first Ruud to say that I was able to play him.”
Federer is yet to drop a set on his return to the Parisian clay, but he was given a slightly tougher test than had been anticipated by big-serving German lucky loser Oscar Otte before coming through 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
The 37-year-old is happy with how things are going, saying: “I feel really good considering I haven’t played here in that long. Especially if I think back a few weeks and months ago, I didn’t know how successful I was going to play or how I was going to feel on the clay.
“I hope I can keep it up. Next round is definitely going to be tougher, I believe. I’m very happy. We’ll see how far it’s going to take me. So far, so good.”News Now - Sport News