Roger Federer made his long-awaited comeback on the Monte Carlo clay court. Although many people were skeptical about the level of playing he was going to put in, the Swiss player was once more determined to confirm that he’s one of the greatest players in the history of men’s Tennis.

The Swiss player managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 tournament. In the first two matches he played, Federer surprised everybody with his freshness, with his unchanged desire to win every match, but also with an enviable physical shape. Today he was surpassed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9 ATP) at the end of an excruciating match 6-3 2-6 5-7.

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There is nothing to reproach after this defeat. 

His first two opponents didn’t stand a chance

Federer destroyed his previous two opponents. Although he made a few unforced errors, they weren’t relevant to the outcome. In the rather tense moments, The Swiss star knew how to turn the game in his favor. In the first match, Roger Federer (ATP No.3) left Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ATP No.38) speechless 6-3 6-4.

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His opponent in the second match was Roberto Bautista-Agut (ATP No.17). Although the Spaniard is a player who managed to climb his way up from outside the top 100 to the top 20 over the last couple of years, he surrendered 6-2 6-4 in just one hour and 10 minutes.

Federer tried many tactical approaches

As it was also stated by the Sky sports commentators, the balls used on clay this year are a bit faster than those from the previous seasons.

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That’s perhaps the reason why Federer tested numerous tactical approaches during these two matches. His playing varied from one style to another, to the delight of the audience.

In the first match, Federer insisted quite a lot on the serve and volley game. Basically, the response time given to the opponent is significantly reduced. The new balls certainly favored this type of game. This type of strategy is normally preferable on fast surfaces such as grass. Besides, the backhand shot seems to be again a reliable weapon for the Swiss player.

In his second match, Federer was more focused on forehand shots. It’s one of his favorite shots although it got him into some trouble over the past years, because of over-hitting it. Moreover, Federer tried to shorten the duration of rallies. From what we saw, the Swiss player’s ideal duration is somewhere around 5-10 shots per rally. This strategy of rushing his opponent got him the victory. It’s hard to position yourself for a certain shot when an opponent like Federer changes the tactical register after almost every point.

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Unfortunately, against Tsonga, it didn`t work that well.

His comeback definitely made a lot a lot of people happy. The Swiss player seems reborn, and the two-month break doesn’t seem to have left any visible traces. As the sports commentators stated on Tuesday, during his first match, Roger Federer looks like he’s 34-years-young.

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