Well if you thought this was going to be a slightly tougher match than Rogers first round win against Mannarino like I did, you'd be wrong! It was once again The Swiss Maestro playing high quality tennis from start to finish.
I thought Gasquet was going to cause a few problems with his backhand today but it turns out that on these slow Paris courts; the slice is key, not the drive and in that department Roger is a level above.
Fed broke Gasquet in his opening erratic service game and then held extremely comfortably, hitting a great forehand half volley up the line in the process.
The first set was total one way traffic and Roger got the double break and took the set 6-2. He was constructing points extremely well, mixing up his play, using the slice to great effect and coming into the net fairly regularly.
Second Set – Gasquet strings together some shots
Roger broke early in the second set, but at 2-1 with Roger serving, Gasquet managed to string some shots together and hit a great passing shot to setup break points, Fed saved both of them with great serves but another good shot from Gasquet saw him break back.
His hopes were shortlived though, as at 3-3 he double faulted to give Roger the break. Fed served it out with ease at 5-3 hitting a great forehand to seal it on match point.
I started well in the first few games and right away i felt that my serve was working, my timing from the baseline and Er…he ws struggling to pick his spots on the serve early on but that was going to happen after his long break
Federer vs. Gasquet Match Stats
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Net Points Won
Break Points Converted
27 of 33 = 82%
8 of 11 = 73%
14 of 16
4 of 6 = 77%
The Slice Backhand is King
Federer vs. Monaco Predictions
Roger leads the H2H with Monaco 3-0, and I'm sure it's still fresh in the memory with most Federer fans of the beatdown that Roger gave Monaco in the US Open earlier this year – including a 3rd set bagel. Even though Monaco is in form, making the final in Valencia, I see this match being another comfortable win for Roger, the slice backhand will surely once again be the shot that does the damage – Roger gets unbelievable bite of the court with that shot, it stays low, it's slows right down and I'm sure it will be difficult with his clay court 2 handed backhand style to handle.
So far my Federer tennis predictions have been pretty sound and I'm usually quite close with my set scores, unlike my BNP Paribas Masters tennis predictions however, with all of my picks crashing out early! I'm pretty confident Monaco will be a straight sets win though and I go for a 6-4 6-2 victory. Allez les Suisse!