Good to see Roger hold his end up his end of the bargain as he set up a mouthwatering semi final against Djokovic by defeating Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2.
I expected 1 close set but after Rosol stormed into a 2-0 lead he went completely off the boil and Roger pulled away to win through in 58 minutes.
It wasn't the greatest match to watch as Rosol made a lot of errors but we saw some pretty crisp ball striking from both guys. Just like the Becker and Stepanek match I thought Roger looked sharp with his footwork and moved well around the court. It's been a decent tournament no far and Roger is now in the semi finals without having to really find top gear; he got a little lucky in places vs. Stepanek but if he's timed this one right he should be able to go up a gear against Djokovic which he'll undoubtedly need to.
Quick Match Recap
Just like the Stepanek game Roger lost his opening service game to let Rosol lead 2-0 in the blink of an eye.
It was short lived for the Czech though as he lost the next 6 games as Roger won 27 of the last 33 points to close out the set 6-2. Aside from losing serve the set was spot on from Fed as he hit 10 winners to just 2 unforced errors and broke his opponent 3 times.
I'm not so sure why Roger keeps getting broken early this week though, just a little slow out the blocks. Rosol slapped a few decent balls into play and Roger got caught a bit off guard. Imperative he cuts that out though against Djoker as 1 break can often decide a set.
After Rosol's game went off the rails from 2-0 he failed to regroup in the second and Roger pulled away with relative ease. Nothing much to talk about to be honest, few nice points here and there but an easy set to win from Federer's perspective.
If Rosol was a little bit more seasoned he'd have been able to reign himself a bit and try play with some consistency but he just kept going for it. If it had come off then it would have been great but he just made too many errors towards the end and Fed coasted over the line.
Always good to see him cruise through though and a short match worked out well here as it means he is fresh for the semi final.
|R. Federer||L. Rosol|
|1st Serve %||63%||49%|
|1st Serve Points Won||24/30 (80%)||13/27 (48%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||8/18 (44%)||11/28 (39%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/2 (50%)||6/11 (55%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Return Points Won||14/27 (52%)||6/30 (20%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||17/28 (61%)||10/18 (56%)|
|Break Points Won||5/11 (45%)||1/2 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Total Service Points Won||32/48 (67%)||24/55 (44%)|
|Total Return Points Won||31/55 (56%)||16/48 (33%)|
|Total Points Won||63/103 (61%)||40/103 (39%)|
Shot of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
When you play someone for the first time, you never quite know what his best level is or his normal level is. That's why you kind of keep pushing on, and that's also why I guess the score came out the way it did, because I never let go.
Not much to learn from a match like this to be honest, Fed was far too good and Rosol not at the races.
Positives were he broke back immediately and dominated from there after. Few lose-ish points but when you are playing someone like Rosol who is trying to hit a winner off every ball then I think that's expected.
There were a couple of clutch(ish) plays too when he Rosol was getting into his service games which is always nice to see. I.e. point of the match video above at 15-30.
Stats wise it's all nice reading with winners outnumbering errors, solid at the net and good on the break points. One area that is a little concern is the points won behind the 2nd serve, Djoker is a great returner so I think that will have to be higher tomorrow.
Predictions vs. Djokovic
Djokovic who didn't play today after Youzhny withdrew. The Russian had a pre booked tour of the Burj Khalifa which unfortunately clashed with the match.
I don't think the withdrawal makes much difference to be honest and I think that if anything Djokovic would have wanted to play. It's not like he is over tennis-ed and his last 2 matches have been easy peasy.
Predictions wise I make Djokovic the favourite but I always enjoy watching Djokerer play as it's a good matchup so I'm looking forward to it. Fed always has a chance but over the last 2/3 years Novak has definitely held the edge over him.
They last met in London and before that Paris with both matches being pretty similar and Djokovic the worthy winner. I make Djokovic the favourite for tomorrow's encounter and about the 1/4 favourite so that means I give Fed about a 20% chance of winning.
I think Roger has looked sharp but he needs to do more here. It's not like he has to do anything special or play outside his normal game though, just has to hold serve and be very very solid. Always a chance that can happen all depends on whether or not his game clicks.