Roger Federer produced an absolute masterclass as he coasted past Denis Istomin in straight sets at the French Open and Mats Wilander was left very impressed.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion received a huge ovation as he was welcomed on court at the start of the match on Monday afternoon and he produced a performance to match the anticipation.
Among the stunning shots he produced in an opening set that frequently left Istomin looking baffled, Federer wowed the fans with a forehand winner that was almost round the net it was played from so wide on the court.
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But it was the deft chip to the back of the court, disguised as a drop shot, which most impressed Wilander - as demonstrated in the video above - as he analysed the eighth seed's game.
"This is just cheeky, now. If somebody does this to me..." Wilander said on Eurosport. "Roger gets exactly the effect he wants to get here. You don't want to hurt your opponent, but that's the effect you want [wrong-footed at the back of the court].
"He thinks the drop shot is coming, his knee kind of hyper-extends and then of course he is trying to get to his forehand.
I mean, it's an unbelievable shot. Only Roger Federer hits that shot actually these days.

'I was in heaven, Roger is just so graceful' - Wilander reacts to Federer win

"It felt like I was in heaven. Roger is just so graceful, it really looked like he was never away, first of all. But he is so graceful, everything he does – the drop shots, the sliced backhand, the serve and volley.
"Every single shot he hits makes me feel awkward, like I am an awful tennis player. It’s unbelievable how you can play tennis like that.
"I think shot selection for Roger Federer is very important, because it is a little bit slippery, we saw him slip a bit today, it’s important that when he has the opportunity to do something with the ball that he puts enough spin on it so that the ball doesn’t come back to him as quickly. He needs to be in control of the point, he needs to hit enough spin so he is not attacked by his opponent."

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Istomin, a wildcard for the tournament, could never really get in the game on what was a hot and sunny afternoon in Paris and the Swiss was able to comfortably close out a straightforward win.
The 39-year-old had not played a Grand Slam match since the 2020 Australian Open and had managed only one clay court match in the build-up to Roland Garros.
Federer was cheered on throughout by the Philippe Chatrier crowd as he outplayed his opponent in what ended up being a 93-minute exhibition.
The Swiss missed last year's French Open because of a knee injury and is appearing at Roland Garros for only the second time since 2015.

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Intriguingly, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Federer are all in the same part of the men's draw with Djokovic and Federer potentially set for a quarter-final clash.
Djokovic could take on Nadal in the semi-finals in Paris in what would be a repeat from last year's final in the postponed autumnal edition.
The three most successful players in the history of the men's game have won 17 of the last 20 Grand Slam titles between them.
Eurosport's experts gave their predictions for how far Federer could go in this year's French Open in the video below...

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