Another awesome performance from Roger today as he made Fognini look pretty clueless out there as he breezed past the Italian 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour and 14 minutes. 9 games dropped in 2 matches now – GOAT
After triple breadsticking Ramos on Monday Roger carried on from where he left off breaking Fognini 5 times and not facing a single break point on his own serve. Impressive stats to say the least.
Roger once again played aggressively from point one and was clearly focused to stamp his authority on the match early. Fognini was pretty powerless to be honest, he came up with some great shots every now and again from outside the court but it was never going to be enough to get the job done. Roger did such a great job of moving him around the court that it forced Fognini to keep going for broke with flashy ground strokes, sometimes with risk comes great reward but the percentages were never going to add for him on grass against a free flowing Roger. I think as soon as The Fog lost the first set 6-1 his resolve was broken and even if he believed he could win the match before he stepped on court (doubtful), it was certainly gone after dropping serve twice in 23 minutes.
From there on in it was just plain sailing and Roger did what he had to do, he served well and chucked in some serve volley once again which is always good to see. Key match stats were 35 winners to 8 unforced errors – clinical, 6 out 8 points taken – ruthless, 68% of first serves in play of which he wins 90% of points behind – good but room for improvement and it would be nice to see his first serve percentage up at 75%.
Other than Roger striking the ball cleanly the biggest highlight was Roger taking a fairly bad fall in the third set, he slipped awkwardly on the fresh grass but luckily I don't think there was too much damage. It could have been nasty but hopefully the grass cushioned it and Roger was able to take the weight off his knee before too much strain got onto it. It didn't look like it effected his play for the remainder of the match (he even pulled off a Sampras dunk like smash) so I'm confident hes 100%. I'll also say that Roger falling on grass isn't anything new, check out the picture below when he took a tumble against Kohlschreiber in the 4th Round in 2009. Can anyone remember how that tournament ended?? 😉
I'm just happy overall with how I'm playing,” Federer said. “I'm serving well when I have to. I'm moving well. I feel like my forehand and backhand are working well. All of a sudden you win quite comfortably, but you have to focus until the very last point, and I'm happy as well with my concentration level.
Predictions for the 3rd Round
Next up Roger will meet either Frenchman Julien Benneteau or American Michael Russell. As I type this they are currently on court with the score at 1 set all and Russell up a break in the third set. Roger has winning records against both they guys so I don't see either opponent causing any problems.
Benneteau is probably the favourite to beat Russell but that match could easily go 5 sets, if you look at the H2H then you'll see the last time Fed played Benneteau he lost in 3 sets at the Paris Masters in Bercy but that is just one of those joke matches that Roger should have won easily so there's nothing to gleen from results like that.
As for Russell, Roger has only played the American once back in 2007 at Roland Garros, that was a straight sets routine victory and I imagine this one will be same should they meet. Russell has never been past the second round of Wimbledon before and he's 3 years Roger's senior so he really has no chance.
Either match – straight sets – expect a Breadererstick like we've seen in the first two matches.
Guessing Fed will be on Centre on Friday so I will be back blogging then. Allez les suisse!
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