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Roger Federer French Open 2021

‘I totally love and respect Federer for this,’ asserts Wilander on win for Swiss

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Mats Wilander was thoroughly impressed by Roger Federer and his display of commitment to tennis in his third round win at the French Open.

The seven-time Slam champion expressed his admiration for Federer after the Swiss finished his third round match against Koepfer in the early hours in Paris, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

“I feel good that I saw Roger was in good enough shape to play like that,” Wilander said from the Eurosport Cube after the match.

“You have a lot of people say they should retire when they get a little bit old if they cannot win a Slam.

“I am of the complete opposite opinion. I absolutely love and respect Roger Federer for what he did last night.

“He could have easily thrown in the towel and say “I had a good enough practice for Wimbledon”. But no, he wants to win matches, I am just so impressed with him.”

Federer’s fourth round opponent is Italy’s Matteo Berretini, who has reached the stage for the first time in his career.

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