Smooth Federer ends Dzumhur's dream day

Fri May 29, 2015 12:12pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Martyn Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - For Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur it was the day he had dreamed of while for Roger Federer it was just another day at the office.

The two, from vastly different tennis backgrounds, met across the net for the first time on Friday when Federer's class told in a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win to continue his smooth progress at the French Open.

Federer, 33, is yet to drop a set in three rounds as he tries to win the title for a second time after his 2009 triumph.

Dzumhur, born in Sarajevo in 1992, the year the city was besieged in a bitter civil war that killed thousands, played his part in an entertaining contest.

The world number 88, the first Bosnian man to contest a grand slam at the 2014 Australian Open, impressed the 17-times grand slam champion with his drop shots and was not overawed on Court Phillipe Chatrier, the biggest stage he has played on.

"When I was warming up, I was still not believing that I was playing Roger Federer," he told reporters.

"Really, it felt so strange for me, like I'm dreaming... But then, suddenly, I switched when I started to play."


Switzerland's Roger Federer in action during the third round of French Open at Roland Garros, Paris on 29 May, 2015. Reuters / Jason Cairnduff