As expected Roger went through in straight sets. It wasn’t a great match but seen as though it was his first match outdoors on the hard courts, and his first match in over a month, then it was kinda obvious that this would be the case.
The first set was a sloppy affair with neither player really creating anything in the way of chances, Fed had a couple of 0-30’s on the Pospisil serve but the wildcard managed to serve his way out of those, aided by Fed chucking in some unforced errors. It actually looked as though the first set was heading for a tie break, and it wouldn’t have been stupid to think Pospisil could have snatched it with the way Roger was playing. But a few nice points in game 12 and some poor serving saw Fed take it 7-5.
The start of the second set saw Roger find a little more rhythm immediately breaking to go 3-0, a lead which he didn’t relinquish and he took the set 6-3. Overall, from my point of view it was a satisfactory performance – he faced zero break points and won in straight sets against somebody who whilst won’t set the world alight, has just beaten World No. 22 Chela in front of his home crowd – so clearly he must have come into the match with a nice bit of confidence. I would have liked to see Roger play abit more aggressive but hopefully this will come the more matches he plays and the more feel he gets for the courts and surroundings.
“I believe I didn’t play so well, wasn’t aggressive enough but also I must say he didn’t give me the opportunity.”
Predictions against Tsonga
The last time I wrote this headline was when I predicted a straight sets demolition of Tonsga in the Quarters at Wimbledon, when Fed went up 2 sets in that match without breaking a sweat I thought I was going to be spot on – how wrong I was, as he went down in 5 after a seemingly unassailable lead.
This time I’m predicting the same and I’m even more confident this will be an easy win for Federer. Some will argue the best of 3 sets format gives Tsonga a good chance as he’s very much a rhythm player, but considering Roger lost to him at Wimbledon I’m sure he will be keen not to let that happen again.
The unpredictable nature of Tsongas game, whilst fun to watch, will ultimately always be his downfall at the very top level. He can literally go from making every shot, to missing half court forehands in the blink of an eye. If Fed brings into play the slice, moves into the net behind strong approaches then Tsonga is getting a beat down.
If Roger has learnt from the mistakes he made that cost him at Wimbledon and comes into the match with a clear plan of throwing in a ton of variety then I see this match being a 6-1 6-3 win for him. But as always, we shall see!
Elsewhere Djokovic continued the winning run taking out Davydenko, Murray lost to Kevin Anderson and announced his immediate retirement from all forms of the game (think that was a dream, well the retirement part anyway), bad loss for Murray really and a good win for Anderson. Berdych got past Dolgopolov after dropping the first set. Gasquet got through too and I think he’s Rogers potential Quarter Final Opponent. Which could be a good match, potentially close if Gasquet forgets he’s French for a minute and realises he doesn’t have to surrender under the first bit of pressure. But on hard courts I see it being Feds match, with a few flashy backhand winners from Gasquet thrown into the mix.