September 27, 2021

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First rounds in Halle are difficult and dangerous, said Roger Federer after getting past Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in his first-round match at the Noventi Open.

He faces Félix-Auger Aliassime in the second round – a first meeting between the birthday twins.

Here’s what he said after the match.

(Video courtesy of the Noventi Open – used with permission)

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