Bonjour! Federer's French Open campaign is underway and it went as smoothyl as I expected as he defeated Spanish Qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-2 6-2 6-3 with complete ease.
It was a very routine match and Roger barely had to get out of 1st gear to pull through and this was a very nice match just to ease his way into the tournament with.
The stats of course made pleasant reading and to think that some “journalists” thought this match might be close was quite hilarious really as clearly they hadn't done their homework.
I won't be going into any depth with this match in terms of a review as it was just simple – the GOAT vs. a child who didn't stand a chance. The match was done in 80 minutes and whilst I'd like to call it an emphatic start really most guys in the top 10 would have pulled off a similar result should they have been playing Pablo Carreno-Busta. But either way you can only beat what's in front of you and Roger made it look extremely simple.
Quick Match Analysis
Like I said this will a very quick match review, the first set was a total breeze with Roger breaking Carreno-Busta in the very first game. I could tell from the very first points that the Spaniard didn't have any kind of weapons so stood virtually zero chance of making any sort of impact.
1-0 and a single break soon became 5-0 but rather ridiculously Roger managed to get broken when serving for the first set, I was actually disappointed by this as even against complete mugs he is struggling to close out a set. That's ok when you're 5-0 up but when you're facing Dull and you have just broken to lead 5-4 you can't afford to drop serve like that.
Anyway, Carreno-Busta managed to hold in the next game before Roger served it out at the second time of asking to take it 6-2.
The second set went much the same way as Roger just cruised on through it, this time serving it out without any hassle whatsoever. Carreno-Busta was done by this point and had no real hope of coming back into it so he just had to savour the experience and treat it as a learning exercise.
Third set Roger took his foot off the gas a little bit, played a few showman type shots to entertain the crowd and allowed his opponent to get 3 games before breaking his serve one final time with a scintillating backhand down the line to close out the match.
In a nutshell it doesn't get much more routine than this one folks, Fed hit 33 winners and converted all of his seven break points which was nice to see. A minor blemish is that he dropped serve but it wasn't going to hurt him in a match like this so there were no consequences.
|PABLO CARRENO-BUSTA||Stats||ROGER FEDERER|
|65%||1st Serves in||67%|
|55%||1st Serve Points Won||83%|
|37%||2nd Serve Points Won||74%|
|196 KMH||Fastest Serve||202 KMH|
|165 KMH||Average 1st Serve Speed||182 KMH|
|138 KMH||Average 2nd Serve Speed||148 KMH|
|9 / 20 (45%)||Net Points Won||14 / 18 (78%)|
|1 / 3 (33%)||Break Points Won||7 /7 (100%)|
|12 / 59 (20%)||Receiving Points Won||41 / 79 (52%)|
|50||Total Points Won||88|
Some very solid stats here, dominant in all areas.
Thoughts on the Match
There's not a whole lot to be learned from a match like this other than knowing Roger looks like he's playing pretty well and has continued in a similar fashion to how he played in Rome.
All he has to do in the early rounds is play his natural game and just try and get the job done with as little fuss as possible which was exactly what he did today. What more can you say or ask for?
As for Cannelo-Busta I wasn't impressed to say he came into the match with a boat load of hype, he has zero weapons so will probably be a top 50 player and that's about it. Obviously he was playing the GOAT so he was bound to be outclassed but he couldn't really do any damage and his weight of shot was lacking to really make in impact.
I guess he is young so will develop but not one for the future as far as I'm concerned.
Predictions vs Devvarman
Next up for Roger is the Indian Somdev Devvarman and this will be a bigger test than the one he faced today. They've met once before in Dubai back in 2011 with Roger winning 6-3 6-3.
Devvarman isn't ranked that highly but he can be a dangerous man to face as he will definitely take it to his opponent and look to play first strike tennis.
I think this will be a nice test for Roger and will also be a good match to watch because both guys will look to hit winners and play aggressively.
It's always fun when Roger faces off against guys who also play first strike tennis as often it brings out the very best in him both in terms of offence and defence.
I'm guessing it will be on Tuesday or Wednesday, should be a good one and I think Fed wins in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-2.