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Britain’s Dan Evans says his time spent as Roger Federer’s training partner has been an “eye-opener to what’s being done in our country” in terms of investment and helping young players. The British number three trained with Federer in Switzerland ahead of his return to clay in Madrid this month. was pretty surprised with how simple a lot of the drills were,” said Evans. He was so down to earth off the court. It was a bit surreal sometimes – he didn’t hide away or anything.
Roger Federer reached the third round of Roland Garros, setting up a clash with Casper Ruud, the son of a player who featured in the 1999 French Open when the Swiss star made his debut. Federer eased to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over German lucky loser Oscar Otte, the world number 144, to make the third round for the 15th time.
Next up for the third seed is a clash with Norway’s Ruud — a self-proclaimed fan of Rafael Nadal — who put out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Stream Live coverage of all days of the Roland Garros on KAYO. Get your 14-day free trial and start streaming instantly >
Ruud’s father Christian reached the third round of Roland Garros in 1999 when a 17-year-old Federer made his main draw debut. Federer lost to Pat Rafter in his first round match. Christian Ruud’s last career tournament was the 2001 French Open where he retired in the first round against Sargis Sargsian.