Great match from Roger as he increased his H2H with Ferrer to 13-0. He really struck the ball well last night and was able to dictate the match without ever having to get out of 2nd gear.
Ferrer came out with a clear tactic of playing far more aggressive than his usual style. He really tried to serve bigger too and this was evident in his opening service game where he served 3 double faults on the trot.
I thought the match started extremely slowly, the crowd were quiet and both players seemed to be almost going through the motions.
Roger broke to lead 3-1, had opportunities to double break, and then served out the first set comfortably 6-4. The second set was a little closer as Ferrer managed to scrap a little better from the baseline, again Rogers serve was firing on all cylinders and he played with a lot of variety that Ferrer really struggled with. Despite Ferrer hanging tough, Roger got the decisive break and served out the match to take it 6-4 6-4.
The match stats were very telling of why Roger was able to win without breaking sweat – he made 78% of 1st serves and won 90% of points behind it. He won 6/7 at the net and only made 16 unforced errors. Ferrer was worse in every department apart from hitting 3 more winners but it ultimately didn't matter.
I'm always pleased beating a local hero in their own country, it's never an easy thing to do,” said Federer. “I'm extremely pleased to be in the semi-finals because it's really been a tough draw for me.
My thoughts on Rogers victory
I thought this was a total routine match from Fed, he seemed to hit the ball much better than his first 2 matches and just looked to be moving slightly better than in his victory against Gasquet.
His serve was spot on and his knowledge of a tennis court were just too much for Ferrer to handle.
Predictions vs. Tipsarevic
Roger leads the H2H with Tipsarevic 4-0, with the most memborable match being where Roger won 10-8 in the 5th at the 2008 Australian Open. Other than that though Fed has won all previous matches very comfortably. However, Tipsarevic is dangerous, he won his first title last year, had his best ever season and has continued that through this year. He's also coming off the back of beating Djokovic in straight sets.
Despite Tipsy being dangerous, from what I saw yesterday against Ferrer I think Roger will just have that bit too much, he's serving great and moving well so I think another straight sets win 7-5 6-4.
I suppose I should add that if Roger wins in Madrid he will get the Number 2 ranking. But 1 match at a time 😉
Roger's Interview on Sky Sports
Here's a transcript from Roger's interview on sky sports after the match, kindly typed up by die hard Fed fan, and one of the lucky few to get a pic with him – @wimby88.
Federer Interview Transcript
RF: well just staying alive really…(lol) erm I'm not sure if I was the better player in the first round but at this point it doesn't really matter you know, your moving on and looking what's ahead and not the past, but it's been a tough tournament a brutal draw I thought when I looked at with Nalbandian and Roanic in the first round, potential Gasquet potential Ferrer, Almagro so I knew I'll have my work cut out especially being out for 5 weeks and first tournament on clay, many guys have already played on it for many weeks, so that's why I'm really happy to be in the semis so it's already Very good tournament for me.
Q: Rafa already fallen by the way side and has had some very strong things to say about the blue clay, Do you sure their concerns and frustrations having completed 3 matches?
RF:Er….look yes, I've said it already from the start this is not something we actually wanted it was more of a compromise to give this tournament a sort of a test week on blue clay, we are actually against it. So it was more of a deal made between the CEO and Tiriac, look…we thought to a degree it was innovated I really hoped the court was going to be perfect and not something that is silppy like this so I understand their frustrations, bu then again I came in a time back in 99 where indoors was brutally fast clay was slow grass was fast and we had to adapt every single week, then the last few years everything is more or less the same which is what their used too, so I think that's why there's big changes there a bit tricky for everyone, we have to look into things for next year with all the top guys but with also the rest of the field what they thought of this and then we need to take a decision whether it's blue or not next year.
Q: In general terms would you welcome some sort of experimentation on different surfaces as long as its done with the better consolation?
RF: yeah I mean look we are always open to new things, I love tradition as does Rafa, Novak I don't know him well enough to know exactly what his thinking on these things…Well we know what he thinks about the blue clay (cheeky smile) now as his been very vocal these last few days but other then that I think it's just important to talk about it, that's why I'm in the players council and speak to the CEO and try to come up with the best possible plan for the game of tennis and tournaments and tournament directors, and players alike and fans and media, so it's a hard thing to juggle sometimes and sometimes you have something like this where it's a bit unfortunate where the players are unhappy, it's a pity we are not talking about FHs BHs and the game and how I did today instead of talking about something I don't like doing, but it's something we need to sit down and discuss and see what happens next year.
Photo Credit: Simon Shawcross