Uniqlo's new brand ambassador is up and running at Wimbledon with a routine 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win over Dusan Lajovic in 1 hour and 19 minutes. The Swiss, returning as defending champion, barely broke a sweat as he comfortably dispatched his opponent with some rock solid serving losing just 11 points on serve over three sets as he moved into Wednesday's second round.
Of course, the main story across the media is Roger took to court wearing Uniqlo which caught everyone by surprise. I assumed he'd be wearing the Nike outfit that was planned but clearly they two weren't able to renew the deal which expired in March. It's reported Uniqlo are putting up $300 million over 10 years and the Oregon based firm were not willing to match. I'm not huge on the Uniqlo styling overall but it's a simple enough white henley style top and in terms of getting people talking they did very a stellar job. It's been kept well under wraps and none of the Teen Vogue tennis writers had any clue until he stepped on the court. He's still wearing Nike shoes for now and I think their move should be to issue a statement to say they do not want Roger wearing Nike shoes anymore just to steal a bit of Uniqlo's thunder :lol anyway let's get onto the more important stuff, the match…
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Lajovic held to 30 before Roger levelled with a hold to 15. In last year's encounter, it was the Serb who settled first but here Roger took charge early, breaking to love fo 2-1 and consolidating the break aided by some slick serve and volley play. 3-1 was soon 5-1 and Lajovic couldn't trouble the scoreboard again, dropping serve for the third time as Roger took the set 6-1.
Into set two and a comfortable hold put Roger 1-0 up before he broke Lajovic to 15 for a 2-0 lead. That cushion allowed Roger to relax big time and he began to roll through his service games, holding easily en route to a 4-1 lead. In game six the Swiss had a further chance to break but Lajovic ground out the hold, and although he was able to hold again for 3-5 there were no inroads on the return as Roger took the set 6-3.
Set three saw Lajovic again broken in his opening service game before Roger consolidated for 2-0 and put one foot in the second round. A love hold for 3-1 was followed by a missed break point chance and although the Swiss wasn't able to secure a double break he cruised over the finish line serving it out to 15.
|Roger Federer||Dusan Lajovic|
|First serve % in||45/63 (71%)||59/84 (70%)|
|Win % on 1st serve||41/45 (91%)||35/59 (59%)|
|Win % on 2nd serve||11/18 (61%)||10/25 (40%)|
|Net points won||23/28 (82%)||8/18 (44%)|
|Breakpoints won||5/11 (45%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Receiving points won||39/84 (46%)||11/63 (17%)|
|Total points won||91||56|
|Distance covered||5068.2 ft||4714.6 ft|
|Distance covered/pt.||130.0 ft||428.6 ft|
Post Match Interview
Thoughts on the Match
As far as ideal first rounds go this one was pretty much peRFect. Last year Lajovic actually caused Roger a few problems early doors but this year Fed was the first to settle and once he got the set lead he was on cruise control. I thought Lajovic looked pretty nervous early on with how he was moving/hitting the ball and although he did start to play better in sets two and three Roger was just too far in front for it to really matter. You can't give this guy a set and a break head start before you manage to hit a ball in anger as he's just too good a frontrunner.
Looking at the stats the Serb only won 39% behind his first serve in the first set which is pretty terrible and Roger was dominant in all areas. He was pretty good on the breakpoint conversion as well too so hopefully, he can keep that up for the fortnight. So a simple start, some good movement, zero energy wasted and he looked very confident out there with some crisp tennis. Naturally, there's no point getting carried away too early, this court will wear fast this week which is going to favour baseliners and it's back to point for point mentality on Wednesday against either a guy who won three matches to get here or the Eastbourne finalist. Should be slightly tougher than today.
Predictions vs. Lacko
Next up is Lacko who defeated Bonzi in four sets. The Slovak made the final in Eastbourne last weekend so he's got some form on the grass but I think Fed handles him comfortably. Eastbourne was only his second ATP final so he doesn't have a ton of experience at the business end of tournaments and is 0-18 vs top 10 opposition. Roger leads the H2H 2-0 so I think he'll come through in straights with maybe a tight opening set.