A solid match for the GOAT here as he defeated Tommy Robredo in straight sets to avenge his loss to the Spaniard at last years US Open. It was another fantastic serving display and Roger has yet to drop serve in all 4 matches, making him the first person ever to reach a Wimbledon Quarter Final without being broken.
Obviously Roger had some unfinished business after his pitiful 4th round loss at the US Open against this guy and I think it was an impressive win. Precision serving, very nice forehands and the backhand worked well. Robredo isn't known for his grass court game and he was outclassed in all areas. Job done.
Quick Match Recap
The first game set the tone as Roger kicked things off with a serve and drive volley on the very first point. Two beautiful forehands followed and Roger's side of the scoreboard was up and running.
Things got even better in the next game as Fed got an immediate breakthrough; Robredo saved 3 break points but couldn't hold off the 4th as he slipped down 2-0.
More good serving from the Swiss followed and he then secured the double break for a 5-1 lead before serving out the set to 15 to hand the Barcelona native a breadstick.
The second set saw more of the as Roger broke Robredo immediately before holding for 2-0. That was soon 3-1 and a joke smash from Robredo gave Fed another chance to break serve but the Swiss couldn't capitalise. It didn't matter though as Roger steam rolled through his next service games to take the set 6-3. He didn't lose a single point on serve the entire set. Pretty crazy and it was one of the most dominant serving displays I've seen since Nadal vs. Murray at the French.
As we all know Roger often takes his foot slightly off the gas in the third set and he did so again here. That allowed Robredo to find more of a groove and he began to play better from the back of the court. It mattered none though as it only brought the players just that bit closer together rather than shifting momentum completely.
After trading 3 service games each Roger finally got the breakthrough to lead 4-3. He consolidated before saving his first break point of the match when successfully. Game set match 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in just over 90 minutes.
|Tommy Robredo (ESP)||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|1st serves in||61 of 87 = 70 %||42 of 75 = 56 %|
|1st serve points won||36 of 61 = 59 %||37 of 42 = 88 %|
|2nd serve points won||13 of 26 = 50 %||24 of 33 = 73 %|
|Fastest serve||124 MPH||123 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||109 MPH||114 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||90 MPH||98 MPH|
|Net points won||7 of 13 = 54 %||29 of 41 = 71 %|
|Break points won||0 of 1 = 0 %||4 of 13 = 31 %|
|Receiving points won||14 of 75 = 19 %||38 of 87 = 44 %|
|Total points won||63||99|
Thoughts on the Match
Again not a huge lot to say about this match as Roger was able to dominate from start to finish. Once he gets off to a good start on grass he his very hard to stop. He can cruise on his service games which puts the pressure on his opponents serve giving him plenty of chances to secure the break.
Granted Roger has had a relatively easy draw so far but to not be broken in four 5 set matches is very good going. It's never happened at Wimbledon before so that's all you need to know.
The forehand was looking good today too, contributing a large chunk to the winners column and it kept Robredo way behind the baseline. Unlike the US Open 4th round encounter Fed was much clearer in his thought process and what he wanted to do out there – dictate, step in, finish at net. It worked like clockwork for the vast majority of the match.
Some of his net forays were pretty special too. Almost Edberg like in a way as he ghosted in to put away balls and I was thinking myself mixing it up like that could be key against Nadal. However that match isn't on the cards any longer 🙂
Back to Fed for a moment and I think he's played his first 4 matches perfectly – no long battles, no real grind it out displays and he should have plenty energy left for the Quarter Finals and beyond. As a fan you cannot ask for more and the most pleasing thing is from a body language / facial expression point of view he is looking sharp too.
It doesn't really matter what I, McEnroe, or any pundits think about his game or what he should do in terms of strategy. As long as Fed is feeling confident in his game and ability to execute when he steps on court then he has a chance of winning any match no matter who the opponent.
Now onto the big big upset as Nick Kyrgios took out Nadal in 4 sets with a stunning performance. This guy was unreal throughout and probably played some of the best service games I have ever seen. He played without fear and looked completely in the zone from start to finish.
My last post looked at the need for a shot clock, but Nick Kyrgios has his own shot clock – he serves at his own speed (as per the rules) regardless of whether his opponent is trying to stall play. He didn't let Nadal intimidate him or let the unnecessary toilet break at the end of the first set disrupt him. A huge performance from the young Aussie and he looks like a more complete Mark Philippoussis. Looking forward to seeing more of him, he plays Raonic next.
Predictions vs. Wawrinka
Next up is Stanimal who saw off Lopez in 3 sets. It will be the 3rd match Stan is playing in 3 days but he's done well to keep his court time to minimum so far. Lopez has been in great form so to dispatch him in straights is a very good performance. I guess we'll see if back to back matches have hurt Stan tomorrow but I think it only becomes a huge factor if they go 5 sets.
Roger leads the H2H 13-2 but they've never met on grass before. Stan won their last encounter at Monte Carlo but I think Roger gets the win tomorrow. He's been looking very solid in his first 4 matches and it's time to reassert himself over his fellow countryman. Stan's been the undisputed Swiss Number 1 since his Australian Open win but I think it's Fed's turn to get back on top of things here.
Keys for the match is Fed just serving well like he has done as well. Stan doesn't have the greatest grass game as he's not the best mover so he's going to have to blast winners off both wings consistently to have a chance. It's possible of course but I think Roger's variety will cause him problems. I expect a tie break or too so it will be up to Fed to test Stan's mental resolve in the tight moments by making him play one more ball and transitioning from defence into attack.
Historically Roger often has a lull in slams when Nadal falls, almost like a weight off his shoulder so we might see his serve broken or a set dropped tomorrow but I think he gets the job done in 3 or 4 sets.