Roger Federer loses the lucky loser Oscar Otte to confront the talented young Casper Ruud in the last 32 of the French Open
- Roger Federer beat Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in a solid display on Philippe Chatrier
- The Swiss master is Otte's idol and he went toe-to-toe for a large part with Federer
- Otte only made the tournament a lucky loser after Nick Kyrgios' withdrawal
- The next race for the 2009 champion is 20-year-old Noor Casper Ruud
Oscar Otte was the great Roger Federer moment from last week when his idol once greeted him in the dressing room.
Now he can tell future Ottes generations that he shares the Philippe Chatrier court with the Swiss master for one hour and 35 minutes, following a large part of the game toe-to-toe before finally 6-4, 6 -3.6-6.
From Federer's point of view, this was another day at the office on his return to Parisian clay. He served well and threw agile salvo & crude backspin dropshots to make his fanatical fans scream with joy.
Roger Federer defeated Oscar Otto in straight sets to advance to the round of 32
Oscar Otte (right) idolizes the Swiss legend and stands up for large parts of the competition
The next competition for the 2009 champion is 20-year-old Noor Casper Ruud, who beats the colossal Italian Matteo Berrettini in straight sets. The world No 63 & # 39; s idol is not Federer but Rafa Nadal, and that tells you everything you need to know about the kind of challenge he will bring.
Ruud has a growing reputation as one of the best young clay players in the area, and a man who digs and fights for everything. After two gentle trips so far, how Federer is talking to Ruud, we will tell a lot about his prospects here.
Otte thanked Nick Kyrgios for his moment in the sun. When the Australian withdrew to the No 144 tournament world, Otte, who fell in the final qualifying round, he was in the draw as a lucky loser.
He made the best of it by beating Malek Jaziri in the first round – only his second ever win on the ATP tour – and putting down his dream clash.
Federer showed some nice details and then looked at the Norwegian Casper Ruud
The 25-year-old company gentleman beat a number of large servants and volleyed superbly. His movement towards the wider balls was slow, certainly compared to the 37-year-old on the other side of the net who somehow travels with the spring and grace of a young gazelle.
That is why Otte apparently did not want to participate in two long, long rally & # 39; s. On his own initiative he pushed the net on every occasion and on his return he waved at the fences.
As so often happens when an inexperienced player is confronted with a big name, the cracks appeared when it came to Otte to serve to stay in the opening set. He went down the line twice for big shots. One went wide open, the other went into the net and a set went to Federer.
Otte again started well in the second set, but at 2-3 a double error gave Federer two break points and on the second he slid into the net to send a backhand volley.
Otte wanted to keep the points short, but in the end Federer's class was too much
The 37-year-old defeated his lucky loser opponent as expected on Philippe Chatrier
Federer then saves his first break points of the match before the set is closed.
Otte had two more chances to win 3-1 in the third, but Federer snuffed them out and broke 4-4. He served the game and finished with a sublime drop volley on the last point.
While walking to the net to congratulate his idol, Otte couldn't stop smiling. & # 39; I'm not even sure if he knows my name, & # 39; Otte had said before the game. He does that now, Oscar.
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