The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer is through to the third round at Roland Garros thanks to a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic in two hours and 35 minutes. Roger won back-to-back matches for the first time since the last year’s Australian Open, scoring the third triumph of the season and gathering momentum ahead of the next clash. Federer earned the ninth victory over Cilic from ten encounters and the fifth time in a row, all at notable events. The Swiss played better behind the second serve and fired 16 aces, suffering three breaks from eight chances offered to Marin and converting five opportunities on the return that carried him over the top. Roger fired 47 winners and 27 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and leaving the opponent behind in the shortest range up to four strokes to forge the victory in that segment.
Roger Federer ousted Marin Cilic in four sets to reach the third round in Paris.
Roger had an argument with the chair umpire in set number two over a time violation, losing that set and battling hard to prevail in the third and bring the encounter home soon after that to advance into the last 32. Federer made a strong start, defending both break points in the opening set and stealing Marin’s serve in games three and five to open a 4-1 gap. Roger saved a break chance in game six and closed the opener with a powerful serve at 5-2 after 30 minutes. Marin erased all four break chances in the second set to gain a boost, finding the rhythm on the return and stealing Roger’s serve in games two and eight for 6-2, looking much better than in the opener.
The third set went down to the wire because Cilic fended off six out of seven break chances, pulling the break back in game six and staying in touch with Roger until the tie break. Federer earned a mini-break in the fourth point and served well to defend the lead nicely before landing an ace at 6-4 to move two sets to one in front. From 1-1 in set number four, the Swiss shifted into a higher gear and kept the pressure on the other side of the net. He broke Marin in game four and sealed the deal with another return game at 5-2 to celebrate the triumph and remain in the competition.