June 3, 2021 -- Paris, France

In his second round, Roger had a bit of a battle against the big hitting and former World No. 3, Marin Cilic. The Swiss Star got off to a strong start and even battled a time violation called by the umpire in the second set. A little rattled, he quickly regained composure and won the match in 4 sets 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Hatting 47 winners to take out the former US Open Champion, this victory advances Roger to the third round at Roland Garros, his first major tournament in 16 months.

“Overall I’m very happy how I’m feeling and also confident that tomorrow I’ll feel fine somehow.”

Next up, the 39-year old will face the German lefty, Dominik Koepfer. The two have never played.

“The first round I didn’t surprise myself per se, but now in the second round, I did,” Roger said. “Now can I keep it up and how will the body react? We’ll see. The mind is getting stronger, I can feel it. I have more clarity, I have more confidence growing in me.”