After a battle lasting almost four hours, Roger Federer enters the 4th round of the Roland Garros 2021 and wins the match against the Italian number one Matteo Berrettini. The Swiss is certainly not in his best version, in some ways he is really disappointing but even when he seemed on the verge of collapsing he reacts and wins an exciting victory with the result of 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5, beating in a thrilling challenge Dominik Koepfer.
The Swiss has the first two break points of the set but does not take advantage of them, in the next game it is Koepfer’s turn but the situation remains the same. Federer touches the break several times, he also sees a set point canceled but the natural order of things seems to lead to the tiebreak where Roger gets the decisive minibreak on 5 to 4 and closes the first set on the second occasion, after an hour and four minutes.
In the second set the Swiss drops in intensity and above all wastes so many opportunities to close the match. On two occasions he takes a break, but does not appear to be able to close as evidenced by the break immediately to zero in the sixth game, and even in this set in the end the tiebreak is reached.
Here the situation is totally different compared to the first set and Roger disputes a very negative tiebreak losing almost all the points in service and thus losing the set with the result of 7 to 3. The beginning of the third set seems agony with the Swiss broke down and Koepfer who immediately takes a break.
Roger increases the number of errors and seems in clear difficulty when almost inertia and thanks to a few champion shots he overturns the situation, recovers the break and also has a set point on 6 to 5. For the third time we go to the tiebreak and on this occasion Roger shows the necessary coolness and on 4 all scores three consecutive points and wins the third set.
The fourth set sees Federer go ahead immediately by a break and seem so close to victory but the Swiss complicates his life, makes a few mistakes too many and suffers a counterbreak from the German. It goes on until the eleventh game when Roger, on 5-5, has two break points and at the first opportunity wins the important break that gives him the victory and the challenge with Berrettini.