Another first class serving display from the Swiss as he dispatched Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-1 6-3 to make serene progress into the second week at the All England Club.
Federer has yet to be broken this week and once again he used his serve and forehand to dictate proceedings from the word go, getting up a break early in the first two sets before fighting off a late Giraldo surge to shut the door in 1 hour 21 minutes.
Quick Match Recap
A lightening quick start here from Fed after Giraldo elected to receive and soon found himself down 2-0 as he struggled to keep the ball in the court.
At 2-0, 40-30 Fed hit an ace out wide that was called out. He then asked Jake Garner if he was sure it was out, who said it was. Roger decided to challenge. Obviously he has history with Garner and he knows he can't be trusted 😛 Hawkeye ruled it was IN. Game Federer, complete ownage 😀
3 more comfortable holds later and the set was over 6-3. No break points on the Federer serve and he was in full control.
The second set couldn't have started in worse fashion for the Colombian as he was broken to love. He looked increasingly frustrated on court as Roger kept drawing him into errors with some smart play and precision serving.
A quick hold from Roger saw him consolidate the break and 2 minutes later he was leading 4-0. That was then 5-1 and Giraldo was broken again when he made a wild error to drop the set 6-1.
With a 2 set lead Roger usually cruises over the line and when he hit a sublime half volley in his opening service game it looked like Giraldo was resigned to just being part of the Roger Federer show.
However the Swiss wasn't going to get it all his own way as Giraldo decided to play high risk tennis and blast the ball much like we saw with Kukushkin's first set earlier in the day vs. Nadal. At 3 all the World Number 35 got his first break points of the match. He hit 2 huge ground strokes that Roger had no chance of retrieving and then a Fed double faulted saw him slip to 15-40.
Here though Roger showed his mettle, firing down an ace to make deuce and then another on advantage to stave off the danger. Giraldo was crushing the ball so Fed just decided the best way to stop that was to not let him get a racket on it. Nice 😀
With Fed seeing off the Giraldo surge he was able to break in the Colombians next service game. It was a weird one actually, as Giraldo played a great point to drop volley and lob Fed, but for some reason apologised when he won the point. He then rolled in a 77mph first serve that allowed Fed to hit a clean winner before going onto break. Mental lapse? Too much respect for the GOAT in his own back yard? Who knows.
That decisive break took the score to 5-4 and Fed then served it out to love. Zero drama here, just more precision serving to get the job done.
|Santiago Giraldo (COL)||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|1st serves in||61 of 85 = 72 %||50 of 73 = 68 %|
|1st serve points won||37 of 61 = 61 %||42 of 50 = 84 %|
|2nd serve points won||8 of 24 = 33 %||12 of 23 = 52 %|
|Fastest serve||127 MPH||126 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||113 MPH||117 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||93 MPH||100 MPH|
|Net points won||8 of 13 = 62 %||15 of 23 = 65 %|
|Break points won||0 of 2 = 0 %||5 of 9 = 56 %|
|Receiving points won||19 of 73 = 26 %||40 of 85 = 47 %|
|Total points won||64||94|
Thoughts on the Match
I got off to a good start and broke right away. I stayed in control until midway through the third set when he had a couple of break points at 15-40. Next thing I had break points of my own and got them and served it out.
I'm very pleased to keep moving on (through the draw). Last year I lost in the second round so I'm aware of the dangers of certain players on this surface. You are always worried about the first week. The grass plays different the second week, you can do a few different things according to the weather.
I'm just happy to be into the second week. For me, it is now about maintaining a good level of play. I'm in pretty good shape right now – a few niggles but nothing that really worries me.
Another very solid match where Fed dictated from start to finish. Early consolidated breaks make his life so much easier and allow him to play almost pressure free.
I can't really say much about Giraldo or be negative as this is easily his best ever tournament on grass but he was never really a factor. Too erratic and Roger's mastery of the surface was too much for him. Spins, slice and short returns caused him all sorts of problems.
To beat Fed on this surface you have to defend well and get on the attack when you have chance; Giraldo did neither of those really aside from hitting some flashy winners from time to time. Not enough consistency from him especially in a best of 5 sets.
Serve wise again it was very positive, Roger picked his spots, hit 8 aces and won 84% of points behind his first delivery. Looks like the new racquet is doing its job here. Backhand isn't looking too shabby either really although it's not really been tested yet by anyone who can kick it up high.
Obviously Fed hasn't faced the toughest of opponents so far but I think he's done a great job this week – not had his serve broken, minimum court time and he's played smart tennis. No real physical battles out there either which is imperative. Interestingly he said he had a few niggles but is feeling good physically. Not sure what he means by that but all players carries niggles and it could be Fed playing the media here. He's made a few comments for people to second guess this week so I guess we'll find out. Doesn't sound serious though.
Predictions vs. Robredo
Next up is Tommy Robredo who defeated Jerzy Janowicz in 5 sets. Good work from him to get it finished actually otherwise it would have meant Fed would have had to play on Tuesday.
More importantly it's time for Roger to get some revenge over Boredo after his shock loss at the US Open last year. Obviously Robredo deserved the win that day but Roger wasn't at the races. I mean we've seen Roger lose tough matches before but this was a mental blowout of epic proportions from him on Louis Armstrong. I think he was 2 / 16 on break points and everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
I saw Robredo get destroyed last year by Murray on Centre Court and he is really just a pusher. Solid off the ground and he is definitely a fighter but Fed should school this guy on grass. I think he'd beat him playing with a stick of Rhubarb never mind a racquet on this surface. Robredo can't play up the court and he has zero weapons so I fail to see how else he can win other than pushing and hoping for a Federror display. Not impossible but I can't see it happening.
Fed obviously dominates the H2H as the USO was his sole loss to this guy and I think he's going to set the record straight come Monday. Fed in 3. 6-2 6-4 6-4.