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Federer gets back to winning ways in Rotterdam

After losing his last 3 matches (2 singles, 1 doubles), Fed got back to winning ways against Nicolas Mahut with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory.

The scoreline makes the match look relatively close, but Roger was in control throughout. Both players started solidly, but Fed converted his first break points to lead 2-1. From there on in it was just a case of both players serving well and holding comfortably with Roger serving out the first set 6-4 in just under half an hour.

The second set was again a pure serving contest, Roger had 4 break points at 3-3 but Mahut held firm. Roger then held comfortably, broke Mahut to love and then served it out easily, hitting a solid volley on match point to seal the deal.

To be honest, that's all there is to talk about, no drama, no amazing rallies, just a match of reasonable quality that you're not going to remember for years to come, but one that was still worth watching.

Any win is a good win. Frankly I'm glad to be in the quarter-finals

Mahut is a player I'd describe as underrated, he hasn't, nor won't set the world alight, but on his day he is capable. Looking at his records, he actually had Championship points against Roddick at Queens in 2007, and he beat Nadal en route to the final that year, so it's kinda obvious he's no mug.

Whilst having no big weapons in his armoury, he has an effective serve and a decent 1 handed backhand. He plays a pretty old school game too meaning he will frequently serve volley and chip & charge which can surprise alot of modern players, (look at Del Potro dropping a set to Llodra earlier today) so coming through in straights without any trouble is a sound win for Fed.

Already in the Quarter Finals

After Youzhnys withdrawal Roger has a path straight into the Quarter Finals where he'll meet Jarkko Nieminen, these two met last year in Basel, with Roger winning through in 3 sets. I expect a similar result on Friday, Roger is 12-0 against Nieminen in the H2H, so whilst he could be a tricky opponent I can't see him getting over the finishing line.

I'll opt for a straight sets victory, 6-4 6-2, Nieminen may get a set but I'm confident that's all he can get from this match.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Great write-up, with Federer you have to take one match at a time. I believe he is struggle a bit with Jarko a little but come through. Go Federer!

    1. Thanks

      Yeah you could be right, wasn’t an easy match in Basel last year, can be tricky to play but not sure he is mentally tough enough to win against Fed even in something as relaxed as the last 16 of a Masters 500.

      I don’t mind what happens though, Fed proved tonight why he’s there – to help raise the profile of the tournament.

      Apparently there was more people in the crowd for his match vs. Mahut than last years final. Job done.

  2. NIce, Jonathan. At Roger’s post match interview it was apparent that he was indeed happy to win & move forward. He admittedly was nervous and had a lot of people expecting a win and the largest crowd ever to see him win! The demanding crowds before & after wanting autographs, the interviews, the critics,etc. has to weigh so heavy on him and he does a beautiful job of always being accommodating and gracious. He handles so much stress so well that I cannot admire him more; no wonder he is so loved worldwide. Bravo Roger!

    1. Thanks.

      Agreed, was good of him to play yesterday in that Super tie break just because he had a walk over. Not many would do that.

      I wish fans wouldn’t act as though this tournament is a big, must win though because it’s nothing more than a crowd pleaser!

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