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Federer's opponent speaks of a miracle

The starting position in front of Roger Federer the first match at a sand tournament for the past three years, while he used his free Monday to celebrate with his sons fifth birthday. Two hours in length and up to 23 PM, Richard Gasquet, and the young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina hard with the aim of him tonight (not before 20 hours), and call for fighting in the Caja Mágica, meanwhile.

the 32-year-old Frenchman, the 7:5, 7:6 won, surprised by this almost the most. Again and again he takes the word "miracle" in the mouth, as he is shortly afterwards questioned in front of the stadium of reporters. "I would never have believed that I would win, it is a small miracle. At the end of the first sentence, I was tired, it was difficult. The Arm, the back... everything hurt. But at least not the area I was in surgery."

First match in five months

The former world rank list seventh is contesting his first tournament in five months. 18. January, he was at the bar in surgery. "My reconstruction in February, March and April was a long, hard process, and I'm proud that I'm even here. A defeat would have been okay, because I had played this year, never two sets in a row," says Gasquet, who lives in new castle. "I have to recover now and see that I can go against Federer. It won't be easy."

the 15-times winner of the tournament against Davidovich wins, also has to do with the 19-year-old climber from the South of Spain tense in the decisive moments. The son of a Russian and a Russian-born, Sweden has achieved in the Estoril semi-finals, and this year is already of rank 237 to 127 improved. He knew how great was his Chance to meet in Madrid to Federer.

The world ranking list to third parties, it is likely to calm down, to meet an old acquaintance, whom he has beaten in 19 matches 17 times, and whose game he knows inside out – and not a hot-blooded, unknown to him a Teenager, and a former Wimbledon Junior winner (2017). In relation to the forthcoming 20. Match against Federer was Gasquet who is still classified at rank 39, perplexed. "Puuhhh, what can I say? I'm going to sleep, see how I Wake up and I feel." Opportunities, he expects virtually no. "The conditions here are as soon as in a hall tournament. But that's okay. I fought back, I'm here, fought and won even. That's pretty wonderful."

The side-effect of his Überraschungssiegs is the uncertainty as to whether he will be ever enough fit to compete. If not, it would be Federer without a fight in the eighth finals, where he would have been on Thursday on the winner of the match between Gaël Monfils and Marton Fucsovics or David Goffin to play.

working the late shift for Bencic

and later as a cornet, Belinda Bencic on Monday arrived in Madrid. She beamed after their deserved victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova (7:6, 2:6, 6:3), but said: "I Usually am around this time in bed." For you today to be a rest day, while Karolina Pliskova and Kateryna Kozlowa (UKR) identify their third opponent. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 07.05.2019, 16:44 PM

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