Two Decades After, Roger Federer Faces 20-year-old Rivals Son

Roger Federer reached the third round of Roland Garros on Wednesday. Setting up a clash with Casper Ruud, the son of a player who featured in 1999 French open when the Swiss star made his debut. The statistics below will leave you perplexed but it’s true!

Federer eased to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over German Oscar Otte, the world number 144, to make the third round for the 15th time! Now that is something! Norwegian’s Ruud, a self-proclaimed fan of Rafael Nadal- who put out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-5, 6-3!

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Ruud’s father Christian, reached the third round of Roland Garros in 1999 when a 17-year-old Federer made his main debut. Federer lost to Pat Rafter in his first round. Ruud’s last career tournament was the 2001 French open where he retired in the first round against Sargis Sargsian. You shall again be surprised to know that if Ruud had defeated Sargsian, he would have faced Roger in the second round itself!

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Federer came from two sets down to beat Sargsian 9-7 in the fifth set to reach his first Grand slam quarter-final. What a game it was! Casper was just 5 months old when Roger first played in Paris in 1999.

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Christian never faced the man who would go on to win 20 Grand slams titles. Casper- ‘ I will be the first Ruud to play him, so that’s a bit funny. But I’ve been a little bit more of a Rafa fan and Rafa guy.’ he admitted. Federer, playing in Paris for the first time since 2015 when he made the quarter-finals, defeated Oscar Otte and Lorenzo Sonego in the first two rounds of the ongoing French Open.


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