ATP Masters 1000Indian WellsRoger Federer

Federer Breezes Past Wawrinka in Indian Wells

The Swiss number 1 cruised through 6-3, 6-4 to move into Round 4

Roger Federer is through to round four at the BNP Paribas Open, needing just 59 minutes to defeat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.

Hours after the draw was blown wide open thanks to Philipp Kohlschreiber recording only his second win against Novak Djokovic. Roger is now arguably joint-favourite with Rafael Nadal for another title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The win sees the Swiss improve to 62 – 12 in the desert and maintain his unbeaten record against Wawrinka on hard courts which is now 17 – 0. He'll next face Kyle Edmund who has dropped just eight games in his first two matches.

Quick Match Recap

Federer 3R Indian Wells 2019

Stan won the toss and elected to receive, winning the first point before Roger reeled off the next four to hold for 1-0.  A hold to thirty then got Stan on the board but in game four Roger fashioned two break points at 15-40 and another at deuce but couldn't convert as Wawrinka held for 2-2.

A steady hold put Fed up 3-2 and Wawrinka followed that up with a disaster game, make a string of errors when rushed on the baseline to drop serve to love. Roger consolidated to fifteen for 5-2 and soon bagged the opening set 6-3, winning 7 of 13 points of the net and putting Wawrinka under pressure which saw him commit 13 unforced errors.

Into set two and the Stanimal held to fifteen to get on the board. Roger quickly levelled to love and then got the all-important break to really dampen Wawrinka's spirits. At the changeover, the trainer appeared on court for Wawrinka but he sent him back saying he was no longer required.

Upon resumption, Roger held to love for 3-1 and had so far looked untroubled on serve. That changed in game six where Wawrinka finally had some inroads but he couldn't take advantage of Federer only landing one first serve in the game.

4-2 quickly became 5-3 and after Stan held for 4-5 it was up to Roger to serve it out which he did with aplomb, coming up with a ridiculous pickup volley to serve it out to love to win through in 59 minutes.

Match Stats

Match Statistics Stan Wawrinka Roger Federer
Aces 8 4
Double Faults 1 0
1st Serve 73% (37/51) 68% (34/50)
1st Serve Points Won 59% (22/37) 82% (28/34)
2nd Serve Points Won 71% (10/14) 75% (12/16)
Break Points Saved 67% (4/6) 0% (0/0)
Service Games Played 9 10
1st Return Points Won 18% (6/34) 41% (15/37)
2nd Return Points Won 25% (4/16) 29% (4/14)
Break Points Won 0% (0/0) 33% (2/6)
Return Games Played 10 9
Winners 18 12
Unforced Errors 21 9
Net Points Won 50% (5/10) 63% (15/24)
Total Service Points Won 63% (32/51) 80% (40/50)
Total Return Points Won 20% (10/50) 37% (19/51)
Total Points Won 42% (42/101) 58% (59/101)


Press Conference

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Wawrinka IW 2019

I think I felt good from the beginning. The breeze picked up a little bit for the evening, I thought, but I didn't feel like it had that much of a play in it. I think for me the plan worked. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be dangerous on the return. Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can't always make it work.

A solid match here for Roger who again played well from the word go. Nice variety, early ball striking and he had a good read on Stan's serve which saw him put a lot of balls in play. In fact, he returned 90% of all Stan's serve in the match which put him under constant pressure.

He also realised Stan wasn't feeling great in the legs early doors after his tough matches against Evans and Fucsovics respectively. That saw him bring out the drop shot similar to how he used it in the Coric match in Dubai which zapped even more energy from Wawrinka. Smart thinking.

Stan did show some signs of life in the second set in game six where he teed off on some balls but didn't have the rhythm or patience to really build the point so never really had much of a sniff of getting back into it and was unable to create a single break point on the night.

So plain sailing, just 59 minutes on court which is ideal ahead of today's fourth round which is earlier in the day and he looks to be striking the ball in what are tough conditions. Job done 🙂

Predictions vs. Edmund

Federer Edmund

Next up is Kyle Edmund who continued his solid run in the desert with a straight sets win over Radu Albot. Edmund won the Indian Wells Challenger last week so it's no surprise to see him come through his first two matches here given he's familiar with the conditions and full of confidence.

Roger has never played the Brit but he's practised with him a few times at the Laver Cup and at this years Australian Open so he'll know his game reasonably well.

Of course, matches are a different kettle of fish but there aren't going to be too many secrets in this matchup, Roger will have to look to force the issue and rush Edmund for the baseline otherwise he'll be on the end of the Edmund forehand which is a huge weapon.

I think this will be a good match as it's going to be Federer's ability to take it early, his fleet of foot and variety against Edmund's raw power. Picking the Swiss to come through but could be a three setter.

What were your thoughts on the match against Wawrinka? Predictions vs. Edmund? Let me know in the comments.


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    1. When I saw Stan had a 3:30 hours match against Fucsovics I have become more optimistic.

      Not taking anything from Fed. Playing clean and putting pressure on his opponents. Let’s hope he carries the momentum to the next round.

      BTW, win no. 1190. 🙂

    2. You can’t not be optimistic when Fed has the mental advantage and historic advantage over Stan 😀 been a one sided rivalry really even though Stan should have won a couple more than he has.

  1. That was pure masterclass for both players!! That was a real quality match..!!

    Salute to them. And roger(insert slow clap) that was amazing..great rallies…those brave defensive moment at the net..roger not afraid of returning wawrinka’s shot….love love it!! Solid tennis indeed🥰🥰🥰

    1. Bit OTT IMO 😛

      Was good quality for the most part but Stan wasn’t really in a good rhythm, partly because Fed stopped him and he didn’t look like he had the energy to really grind it out.

  2. Quick note, it’s not Kohli’s maiden win against Djokovic. He beat him in Roland Garros in 2009.

    Thanks for the write up. Well done Fed!

  3. Middle of the night here so couldn’t watch😢but was never in much doubt about the outcome.It sounds as though Fed
    played really well.
    As for Kyle Edmund I haven’t seen him play much but Fed needs to keep away from his forehand.Apart from that I don’t
    think Edmund has the shots or variety to trouble Fed overmuch.I am going for Fed in two,possibly a tiebreak if Fed has
    another wobbly second set.

  4. It was a pleasure to watch the smooth and classy game with Wawrinka. Like Roger says it’s Indeed exciting the match with Edmond. Roger very much in track.

  5. Good match under windy conditions, manage to get under Stan’s skin by mixing things up. Top draw is now wide open, only left Nadal between him and IW title. Hope Roger remain focus against Edmund. Day time match conditions will be faster, lets do this baby

  6. Kyle has been doing very well in his matches thus far – but then the competition hasn’t exactly been stellar, so I’ve no idea how well he’s playing.

    Such a shame Roger and Rafa are on the same side of the draw, now Novak’s out: people were already complaining that he had a cakewalk to the final, so the question is: who’s going to be the other finalist?

    1. Thiem is playing well,I believe unless he gets blown off the court by Karlovic.I would like it to be Koli,
      but Monfils is in his way.Its pretty open really.That is good,can be rather boring always knowing who is going to make the final,unless it is Fed of course😉

      1. About time Thiem had a decent tournament. Should beat Ivo but you never know. And it’s at night so less free points for him.

  7. Federer looked crisp and there were some really interesting rallies, net play (in fact Wawrinka won more of those I think). But in the end Federer was too good, it wasn’t like Wawrinka just hit the ball long every point. I think Jonathan said it exactly right, Wawrinka just lacked the patience to slowly build up the point to a point where he just crushes it like it was 2015 again. Wish he had been on Nadal’s quarter of the draw.

  8. Roger played really well. Defended well when he needed to and nice to see him with a low UFE stat. Power hitters always have a chance against Roger as he gets older, but I think he will come through in straights today. Nice to see Djokovic lose a match. Amazing play by Kohli. Hope he make the finals from that half.

    1. I’ve still not seen any of that match but Kohli can beat anyone when his game clicks, just always question marks on crunch points so guessing Djoker wasn’t at his clutch best.

  9. Anyone know why Roger gets such a short turnaround today, when Kohli’s match finished so much earlier? I thought Roger’s half was going second?

  10. Excellent result and even more excellent write-up! It was worth breaking up my beauty sleep to join the chat in the bed at 4am to find out how Fed was doing. Already a disturbing night anyway thinking about his match.
    Enjoyed the highlights, thanks Jonathan.

  11. A Federesque match yesterday !
    I would have liked to be a little mouse hidden in a corner during Fed’s Winter training season to see which specific exercises he did this year : the result shows he is so quick on his legs ! Adding this velocity to his everlasting reflexes at the net  and we can only enjoy. Pure class… The same tonight, please !
    And Belinda is on fire too ! Those two could be a great team at the Tokyo Olympics…

    1. Yes I think so too that something has one on in prep training. The Hopman, the AO until Tsitsi, the Dhubai and now – he looks sharp and confident in most of it. And the decision of clay-play, too.
      And what happened to Belinda also, all of a sudden dominant prevailing – so far –
      Yea agree, would dream of and be nice for the Swiss to have those 2 to team in Tokyo

  12. Hey all, Roger going for it and acting like a man on a mission to win it all.
    Is there a better sight and feeling? 🙂 🙂 Go Roger. 110 is coming 🙂

  13. Well Fed wiped the floor with Edmund there!
    Very pleased to see that the great God Thor wiped Isner off the court also.So Nadal has a tricky match next😊
    As for Fed,very confident body language throughout.

  14. Just seen the ATP’s highlights reel – some very nice points in the Wawrinka match, especially the one at 4-2 🙂

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