Routine match for Federer here as he condemned Paulo Lorenzi to his 13th consecutive 1st Round defeat at Grand Slams with a 6-1 6-1 6-3 victory in 1 hour 33 minutes.
This was always going to be a gimme first round for the Swiss and aside from a Federer walkabout in the third set the Italian World Number 83 offered little resistance.
A pretty impressive victory from Roger really who just did what he had to do. No fireworks, perhaps a little slow moving into the net but he still managed to win 30 of 42 net approaches in and amongst hitting 40 winners to 20 unforced errors.
Quick Match Recap
Lorenzi came into this one with no pedigree on grass and never having won a match in a Grand Slam Main Draw. It showed as he got broken early in the blink of an eye. Despite Roger offering the Italian an immediate chance to get back on level terms he failed to convert and Fed ran away with the set 6-1. Making 62% of first serves and converting 2 of 7 of break points.
The second was a similar affair and although Lorenzi held his opening service Roger reeled off 6 straight games to secure the breadstick and a 2 set to love lead. No magic required just consistent ball striking and a solid first serve were enough to get the job done.
The third set looked like another breadstick was on the cards but Roger took his foot off the gas and allowed Lorenzi to hold consecutive service games for the first time in the match.
5 match points then presented themselves as 2-5 on the Lorenzi serve but Roger couldn't convert any of them mainly due to showboating and generally loose play. The wasted match points only extended Lorenzi's stay by a matter of minutes though as Federer closed it out to 30 to win his 68th match at SW19.
|Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|1st serves in||49 of 98 = 50 %||48 of 69 = 70 %|
|1st serve points won||30 of 49 = 61 %||37 of 48 = 77 %|
|2nd serve points won||17 of 49 = 35 %||15 of 21 = 71 %|
|Fastest serve||126 MPH||126 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||119 MPH||115 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||91 MPH||98 MPH|
|Net points won||12 of 30 = 40 %||30 of 42 = 71 %|
|Break points won||0 of 5 = 0 %||6 of 23 = 26 %|
|Receiving points won||17 of 70 = 24 %||51 of 101 = 50 %|
|Total points won||64||103|
Thoughts on the Match
Steady away and a good start to the tournament. Very similar to last year vs. Hanescu really 😀 . I thought Fed played well enough in patches but still a little ragged. He definitely needs to fine tune his volleys to really stand a chance here I think, for every genius bit of touch he's missing some routine shots either by poor positioning, slowness moving forwards or just being too casual. Looking further ahead I can see him losing faith in the volley if he loses a couple of points at the net and then just forgetting it ever existed.
Roger isn't really a natural volleyer after spending 10 years winning matches from the baseline so it's hard to see him suddenly become Edberg Mk II at Wimbledon but I'd like to see more sharpness at the net from him in his next match.
The serve was again the stand out feature like in Halle and Roger served with precision throughout the match which is the foundation of his game and always one of his keys to the match. Making 70% of first serves is always a good day at the office.
So yeah, a decent performance but nothing to get overly excited about. I think Fed used a little bit of everything when you watch back the match highlights which makes me think he almost treated it like a practice match which makes it even harder to read into.
It wasn't disrespectful in anyway to Lorenzi either or like he had that intention when he stepped on court. Fed was up a break early in every set and that gave him buffer to just play pretty relaxed stuff out there. That meant no real pressure on his own service games thanks to a 2 game cushion meant he could just test a few things out in a real match scenario. Clearly not everything worked with several attempted aggressive returns hitting the base of the net but Lorenzi was never in a position to get back into it. Job done and into round 2.
Predictions vs. Muller
Next up is Gilles Muller who saw off Julien Benneteau in 3 close sets. Roger leads the Head 2 Head against the Luxembourgian 3-0 but they haven't met since the US Open in 2008 and have never played on grass.
Grass is probably Muller's best surface and he's made the third round at Wimbledon twice in 2005 and 2011. He's a lefty too which gives him a bit of an advantage due to their rarity on tour and favourite serve out wide on the ad court going into a right handed opponents backhand which is often the weaker wing.
I'll pick Fed to win in 3 sets but it's not unlikely he drops a set here. Muller is capable on this surface and with Federer showing frequent lapses in concentration in Halle and today in the third set it could mean a set gets away from him.
I expect Muller to come into the net frequently which can definitely unsettle Roger a la Stakhovsky last year so coasting through this one in second gear might not be on the cards. Roger comes up with brilliant passing shots when he needs them, but consistently producing good passing shot isn't one of his fortes like Nadal. If it worked for the Sergiy in 2013 it can certainly work for Gilles in 2014.
Fed in 3. 7-6 6-4 6-4.