Roger Federer qualified for the third round of Roland Garros 2021 after a four-set victory against Marin Cilic, against whom Federer won two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon 2017 and the Australian Open 2018. After an impeccable first set, and a passing second set, the Swiss champion risks squandering a mega-advantage in the third set (which he wins at the tie break) but closes with a 6-2 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 on the threshold of three hours of play.
Federer clears a break point in the opening round and then manages the situation perfectly. He goes quite easily on 5-1 and at the first useful opportunity closes the first set. The straight-serve combination allows Cilic to stay afloat at the start of the second. And to lay the groundwork for the escape in the second set. Federer caresses the 4-1 and needs an immaculate game at the service to recompose the score at 4-4.
He weighs, in a decisive way, a rather gross error on 0-40 in the fifth game. The service then takes on a decisive role: needless to say it is a double fault in the tie break – Cilic side – to regulate the balance. The first chance for the very Swiss champion turns out to be a good one. The fourth game of the fourth set marks the end of the match logically.