Roger Federer because of injury may have been off tour for two months, but the Swiss star is showing no signs of rust at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he qualified to the quarter-finals after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday.
Roberto Bautista ranking is 14, and he lost the match just in 69 minutes.
Once I made the break, I was able to relax a little more. I’m happy with what I did. He’s a good player.
Winning 73 per cent of his service points and breaking serve three times. He improved to a 5-0 head-to-head record over Bautista Agut, who has made a strong start in 2016, compiling a 20-7 mark and winning titles in Auckland (d. Sock) and Sofia (d. Troicki).
He said he was nervous just before going in and experienced a “down” period for maybe 12 hours. But the 17-time Grand Slam champion soon saw himself on the road back, adding that once I got back up walking on the crutches, I felt it would be fine, it’s going to be okay.
He said he was nervous just before going in and experienced a “down” period “for maybe 12 hours.” But the 17-time Grand Slam champion soon saw himself on the road back, adding that “once I got back up walking on the crutches, I felt it would be fine; it’s going to be okay.”
His clay-court schedule has yet to be fully determined, with no tournaments scheduled between Monte Carlo and the French Open. However, Federer has indicated that he could play in Madrid and Rome, where he is automatically entered.
The world No. Three is competing in his first tournament since having arthroscopic knee surgery following the Australian Open.