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.