Roger Federer might be sponsored by Rolex but he was the Speedmaster Professional in Saturday's Semi-Final as he produced tennis from another planet to crush David Goffin 6-1, 6-2 in just 1 hour and book his spot in a 13th Basel final.
It was a clinical display of Swiss precision and hyper-aggressive hitting as he fired 20 winners and won 91% (21 of 23) of points behind his first serve which devoid the Belgian of any rhythm and enabled Roger to improve to 11-1 vs. Top 10 opposition this season and give himself a shot at title number seven of 2017 in tomorrow's final.
Quick Match Recap
Goffin won the toss and elected to receive. Roger held to 15 to kick things off and immediately went about attacking Goffin's serve creating 0-30 and a breakpoint at 30-40. The Belgian came through to hold for 1-1.
A love hold put the pressure immediately back on the Shenzhen & Tokyo champion and he faltered dropping serve after saving two break points as Roger moved into a 3-1 lead. Another quick hold put the Swiss up 4-1 and in game six he reeled off some huge forehands to break again before serving out the set 6-1.
With Goffin unable to weather the storm he dropped serve in the opening game of the second set and Roger consolidated to love for a 2-0 lead. The Belgian got on the board in game three but it took a mammoth effort and a 15-minute game to finally hold. Roger's serve, however, looked impenetrable and after firing down two holds for 4-2 he came up with another stunning return game to lead 5-2. The Swiss then served it out to 30 to move into his 13th Basel Final.
|Roger Federer||David Goffin|
|1st Serve||58% (23/40)||58% (38/65)|
|1st Serve Points Won||91% (21/23)||55% (21/38)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||65% (11/17)||37% (10/27)|
|Break Points Saved||0% (0/0)||60% (6/10)|
|Service Games Played||8||7|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||45% (17/38)||9% (2/23)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||63% (17/27)||35% (6/17)|
|Break Points Converted||40% (4/10)||0% (0/0)|
|Return Games Played||7||8|
|Net Points Won||83% (5/6)||50% (2/4)|
|Service Points Won||80% (32/40)||48% (31/65)|
|Return Points Won||52% (34/65)||20% (8/40)|
|Total Points Won||63% (66/105)||37% (39/105)|
Thoughts on the Match
An absolute masterclass this one from start to finish as Roger completely manhandled Goffin who had no answers. Some of Fed's groundstrokes were phenomenal and once he got the lead his game was in full flow. The forehand was like a gun going off when it hit the strings and all Goffin could do was scramble from the back of the court to no avail. Another one-man highlight reel really and a Fed tribute video makers dream as there are plenty points in there to add into the compilations.
As for Goffin, on a quickish surface he just doesn't match up well with Roger; a weak-ish serve and not a heavy enough hitter to prevent himself getting overpowered. In terms of speed, his groundstrokes are actually amongst some of the quickest on tour, but he's not hitting with a lot of spin nor is he hitting a heavy ball like Del Potro. As a result, it just comes onto Roger's racquet nicely and he's able to take big cuts at the ball to devastating effect.
Predictions vs. Del Potro
Next up is Del Potro who came through an absolute turd of an encounter with Cilic to make the final. Both guys played poorly but it was Del Potro's serve that made the difference in the end as Cilic made too many cheap errors.
Roger won their last encounter in Shanghai to avenge the US Open loss and obviously dominates the H2H but Del Potro has two Basel titles to his name where he defeated Roger both times so it should be an interesting encounter. I don't think Del Potro's played great this week dropping a set to Sousa and struggling against Agut but he's found a way to win and has the extra motivation tomorrow; he's playing for London and beating Fed in his hometown so it should be an interesting match. I give Fed the edge.
Let me know what you guys think of today's peformance and predictions for tomorrow. Hopefully he hasn't peaked too soon 🙂