Roger Federer began an very friendly draw today with a 62, 64, 62 rout of Slovakian Luckas Lacko. The 26-year-old Lacko had never beaten a Top 10 player and hadn’t won a clay match in over three years, but those facts weren’t enough to keep Federer from feeling uneasy heading into the matchup.
“I wasn’t nervous actually going into the match,” Federer said. “It’s more just like those hints of fear, maybe yesterday, maybe this morning at one point, just for like five seconds, ‘Oh, I really hope I don’t have to pack my bags today, that kind of feeling.’”
Federer’s win was his 59th at the French Open tying him with Rafael Nadal who plays tomorrow.
The Swiss also he doesn’t speak of lick of Slovakian, his wife Mirka’a native language.
“For some reason, I don’t understand a word when she speaks,” Federer said. “And it’s been, what, 15 years now I have been with her almost?
“At least my daughters understand it, and my wife speaks it and all that, so that’s enough. It’s good for them. No, clearly I have never been to Slovakia, would like to go one day, and sure, we had to smile when we saw the draw that I was going to playing against Lacko today.”
Roger now faces a qualifier in either Elias or Schwartzmann on Wednesday. So he’ll have two days off two to enjoy Paris with Lenny, Leo and the rest of his family.
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