Tennis – Eliminated, Kilian Feldbausch relies on the advice of Roger Federer


The Genevan, 21st player in the world among juniors, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. But he will leave Melbourne after “a very positive week”.

Kilian Feldbausch had a nice run in Melbourne, for his first Grand Slam.

Kilian Feldbausch had a good run in Melbourne, for his first Grand Slam.

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First Swiss player to reach the semi-finals of the Junior Australian Open since a certain Roger Federer in 1998, Kilian Feldbausch will not exceed the “Master” over this fortnight at Melbourne Park. Michael Lammer’s protege can however be very proud of his journey Down Under, for his first Grand Slam which ended on Friday. “I was a little disappointed hot but it remains a very positive week, where I chained the good performances”, confided to us the 16 year old boy.

“I’m going to have to do more weight training. I am underdeveloped compared to some”

Kilian Feldbausch

Opposed to one of the very best players of his generation, the Czech Jakub Mensik, also 16 years old but seeded No. 4 and 6th player in the world in the ITF hierarchy, the Genevan, seeded No. 11 and 21st in the standings, s went down 6-1 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours of play on Court No 5. say make it move and keep up the pace in the exchange, also explained Kilian Feldbausch. I would have liked to play better, hence my frustration over some of my mistakes or his success.

Despite a good ratio of first serves passed in the 1st set (79%), Kilian Feldbausch, who showed a power deficit in service vis-à-vis his opponent, only converted 8 out of 22 points thanks to them and dropped his face-off three times. Not ideal for starting a “Major” semi-final. “My serve lacks strength but it must be said that it returned particularly well today. Afterwards, it’s true that I’m going to have to do bodybuilding. I am underdeveloped compared to some,” he smiled in the press room.

“This summer, Roger Federer helped me with my ball throwing and advised me to play more in the field”

Kilian Feldbausch

Because the start of the 2nd set was of capital importance, the Carougeois entered the fight, breaking at 1-1 by pulling away on a drop shot. He returned his service in stride, abandoned by his forehand, but at 4-4, he persisted on a nasty game from Jakub Mensik – 4 double faults (!) And on his sixth break point in the In the space of a few minutes, Kilian Feldbausch cracked his rival on the forehand side before screaming his rage, under the gaze of his parents, Cathy and Michael, returning to one set everywhere.

Broken from the start of the 3rd set, after several unforced errors, the Genevan immediately picked up, carried by his magnificent forehand cross. But at 2-1, he committed two double faults to offer his face-off and then did not see Jakub Mensik again, solid to conclude. “This summer, Roger Federer helped me with my ball throw and advised me to play more in the field, continued Kilian Feldbausch. We have worked a lot on these aspects and we will have to continue in the coming months. His future looks promising.

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