PARIS — In a third-round night match that ended at 12:45 a.m. Sunday in a nearly empty center court, Roger Federer managed to summon the energy and inspiration to hold off Dominik Koepfer, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5.
“It was definitely unique in many ways, and I’m happy I found a way, also especially emotionally,” the 39-year-old Federer said. “How do you handle losing that second set? How do you handle to keep pushing yourself on and trying to feed off the energy of the team and all the people watching on TV?”
“I was in many ways also playing for them,” Federer said of the viewers.