London: Roger Federer said he felt his luck
was finally in this season after he scraped into the second
round as he bids to win a record-equalling seventh men`s
Federer made it through to a clash with Serbia`s Ilija
Bozoljac - but only after being given a real fright by
Colombia`s Alejandro Falla.
The world number 60 won the first two sets and served for
the match in the fourth in what was shaping up to be one of
the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history.
But top seed Federer, who has not won a tournament since
claiming the Australian Open title in January, said maybe lady
luck was smiling on him at last this season.
"It came as a bit of a shock and it`s not something I was
that prepared for, but you have to draw from experience and
physical strength. I live to fight another day," the world
number two said.
"I`ve lost many matches this season I should have won and
today I won a match I should have lost. I think I`ve been
unlucky enough already this season, so I needed one lucky
match. We`ll see how important it is, depending on the run I
go on now.”
"I`ve lost a few matches this season with match points,
7-5 or 7-6 in the third. This is definitely some kind of a
match I kind of needed. You can`t win them all when they`re
that close, because they`re being played on a couple of
points here or there.”
"One thing for sure you can do is push the luck on your
side. That`s not something I have been doing maybe enough the
last few months. I`m happy I gave myself a chance. Maybe some
think I should have never put myself in that position."
In a key game at 4-4 in the third set, the Colombian had
three break points, but Federer pulled it back to deuce and
served an ace for a 5-4 lead.
Federer had a break for set point when Falla hit a shot
long, but the Colombian took it to deuce.
Federer had the advantage when Falla hit the net, and won
the set with a cross-court forehand winner to start his
In the fourth set, Federer had a break point at 4-3 down
but wasted it. The Swiss held serve to leave the Colombian
serving for the match at 5-4 up.
"He played really well and I struggled early on, but came
through, which is most important. You definitely feel
uncomfortable because if you`re used to being down the whole
time your whole life, it`s something that`s kind of normal,"
"For me it`s not normal to be down two sets to love,
especially at Wimbledon, and early on in Grand Slams. It`s
something I`m not quite used to."
Next up for Federer is 153rd-ranked Bozoljac, whom he
meets for the first time, after the Serb battled past Chile`s
Nicolas Massu 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in their first
"The next guy is a righty, big-serving guy," said the
"Because you struggle today doesn`t mean you`re going to
struggle in the next match, too. Same thing if you win in
straights; it doesn`t mean you`re going to win the next match
in straights. That`s just the way tennis is.”
"That`s why you`re happy sometimes you get over the
finish line and have a chance to play much better maybe or
play a different kind of a player. That`s what I`m going to
get for sure in the next round."
Falla could only rue his missed opportunity.
"I had a big chance serving for the match. He told me
that I played amazing after the match," said the 26-year-old.
"I knew if I couldn`t take the chances, he was going to
come back and try to win the match. And he did it."