Roger Federer is smoothly into the third round at Wimbledon with a 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-2 victory against Dujan Lajovic in the final match of the day on Centre Court.
After Dolgopolov's retirement on Tuesday the Swiss was looking to play his first full match of the Championship and overcame a sluggish start to see off his opponent in 90 minutes and set up another encounter with Mischa Zverev who won his second round match in five sets earlier today.
Quick Match Recap
Lajovic served first in this one and kicked off with a love hold. You expected Roger to respond in kind, but he slipped to 0-40 with some tame errors. The Swiss was able to save all three break points but couldn't fend off the fourth as Lajovic took a 2-0 lead.
A dream start for the Serb, but he couldn't consolidate, and then Roger held to love to make 2-2. The set continued quickly on serve and resulted in a tie-break.
Into the breaker and a long rally saw Roger draw first blood with a mini break and he upped his level dramatically, injecting way more into his game as he swept it 7-0.
A tie-break bagel was always going to be a tough pill for Lajovic to swallow and although he held his opening game, in game four, he missed a routine overhead to drop serve. Roger quickly consolidated and was now looking dominant on serve as he coasted to take the set 6-3 with some impressive serving numbers.
With Lajovic looking something of a spent force, set three had formality written all over it, and Roger broke in the opening game. He then held to lead 2-0. Another break point came the way of the seven-time champ in game three and although Lajovic held he was only able to get one more game on the board as Roger took the set 6-2 to make serene progress into the third round.
|D. Lajovic||R. Federer|
|First Serve % In||56/87 (64%)||47/78 (60%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||32/56 (57%)||38/47 (81%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||20/31 (65%)||25/31 (81%)|
|Net Points Won||4/9 (44%)||23/31 (74%)|
|Break Points Won||1/4 (25%)||4/11 (36%)|
|Receiving Points Won||15/78 (19%)||35/87 (40%)|
|Total Points Won||67||98|
|Distance Covered (Ft)||4519.2||4485.4|
|Distance Covered/pt. (Ft)||27.4||27.2|
Thoughts on the Match
A decent performance here from Roger to win through in just 90 minutes. For the first few games, he looked very sluggish with a lot of slow, sloppy footwork, but after getting back on serve, he took things up a notch to cruise through.
The tie-break, in particular, was impressive where he put a lot more on his groundstrokes and rushed Lajovic who had no answers. That seemed to break the Serb's spirit, and once Fed's serve clicked the rest followed. He was able to force the issue against a guy with no real weapons and won 81% behind his second serve and 23/31 at the net.
As for the poor start, the Swiss said in his post match interview that he struggled with nerves which affected his game in the opening exchanges but soon settled. It also sounded like he had a cold which probably doesn't help either. But after chomping down a snack bar at the first changeover, his game picked up, and he produced some good stuff to look relatively untroubled.
As for Lajovic, kind of what I expected, I thought he'd have got a few more games than he managed but hasn't got the game to trouble the elite. Decent backhand and solid with the rest, so he'll always compete hard, but he soon looked out of ideas when some of his best shots came back at his feet with more on them.
Predictions vs. Mischa Zverev
Next up is Mischa Zverev who defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in 5 sets earlier in the day. The German looked to be cruising at two sets up but got pegged back before taking the decider 6-4. He also played doubles this evening so won't be the freshest heading into Saturday's encounter.
Roger leads the H2H 4-0 and beat Zverev in Halle 2 weeks ago, so he'll know what to expect which is plenty serve and volley, a forehand that is tricky to read and a decent match player. However I think he should come through this one comfortably, Wimbledon is slower than Halle by all reports which probably helps Federer for once in a match-up. So I'll pick Fed in straights.
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