A winning start for the GOAT in his first tournament since regaining the Number 1 ranking as he defeated the tricky Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6(6) in a match that was curtailed by the rain on Saturday evening.
Four games into the second set the heavens opened and with no respite play was postponed until Sunday. Upon resumption, Delbonis played solidly to force a tie-break, but Federer came out on top, saving a set point to come through in one hour and 41 minutes.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve. After a short delay due to light rain play got underway with the Swiss holding for 1-0.
Delbonis levelled to love before Roger played some crisp volleys to hold for 2-1 and then break for 3-1 to get in front. The break was consolidated to 15 and Ded went on to take the set 6-3, having to save two break points en route to serving it out, aided by Delbonis playing too conservatively on second serve returns.
Into set two and the pair exchanged two holds each with little fuss. That's when the rain started and put a dampener on the match until today. Upon resumption at around 3.30pm local Delbonis started nicely to hold for 3-2. Roger then had to save a break point to level but he was able to reel off his next two service games to love and we were soon into a tie-break.
Delbonis had a peRFect 2-0 tiebreak record against Fed going in but it was the Swiss who got the better start moving up 4-1. However Delbonis pegged him back, recovering the mini-breaks to level at 5-5. Roger then double-faulted to hand his opponent set point but Delbonis couldn't take it, again playing a little conservatively as Roger reeled off three points in a row to take the match.
|Roger Federer||Federico Delbonis|
|1st Serve||65% (53/82)||46% (33/71)|
|1st Serve Points Won||74% (39/53)||73% (24/33)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||55% (16/29)||61% (23/38)|
|Break Points Saved||100% (3/3)||0% (0/1)|
|Service Games Played||11||10|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||27% (9/33)||26% (14/53)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||39% (15/38)||45% (13/29)|
|Break Points Converted||100% (1/1)||0% (0/3)|
|Net Points Won||69% (18/26)||40% (2/5)|
|Return Games Played||10||11|
|Service Points Won||67% (55/82)||66% (47/71)|
|Return Points Won||34% (24/71)||33% (27/82)|
|Total Points Won||52% (79/153)||48% (74/153)|
Thoughts on the Match
Weird match this one due to the rain delay so it certainly was a match of two halves 😀 I thought last night Fed struggled in the damp colder conditions for his timing but he managed to serve his way out of trouble to win the first set.
Today was more of the same with Roger again struggling a bit from the baseline on what looks to be a slow-ish high bouncing court. Fortunately, he served well when required and Delbonis didn't have the gumption on his set point or at six all in the tie break to get himself into the match,
So decent enough start, can't say he played well but has the confidence to pull out these wins even when not at his best. As for Delbonis, he does seem to have the type of game that makes thing awkward for Fed; lefty, unrhythmical stuttering serve and a typical clay court game. If he'd played more aggressive on his break points in the first set and in the breaker he'd have been able to force a third set but it was Fed who stepped up and moves into Round 3. Allez!
Predictions vs. Krajinovic
Next up is Filip Krajinovic who won his second round match 6-2 6-2. The Serb has had a decent last six months making the final in Bercy at the back end of last year and the semifinals in Dubai two weeks ago so is in career best form.
The two have never played but I don't think Krajinovic brings too much to the table that Fed won't have seen before; he's a solid baseliner and has a decent backhand which he can take early and is probably his key shot. Other than that I've not seen too much of him, I'm sure Novak will be giving him some tips so I think he'll be a test but Fed should win if he takes his level and timing up a notch from today.
What did you guys think of the match? Let me know your thoughts and predictions vs Krajinovic in the comments.