Very solid match from Roger, that match lasted just 77 minutes so was over in a flash as a he rolled out a 6-3 6-2 6-2 winner and in doing so, recorded his 225th victory in Grand Slams. He's only 8 matches off the record holder now – Jimmy Connors. In today's match he made rather a lot of unforced errors in his return games, but on serve he was pretty imperious, losing only 8 points on it in the entire match.
Hitting 26 unforced errors wasn't ideal, but it was a definite marked improvement on his first round victory over Giraldo on Monday night. Sela didn't really offer much in way of resistance, he's pretty short so his serve isn't the greatest and he doesn't have that many shots. The only real shot that caused Fed problems was the drop shot as Sela managed to execute it pretty well.
In and amongst some silly errors, Roger really struck the ball cleanly and hit it sweetly off both wings, making some high quality winners including some rare down the line backhands. The match was over so quickly, there's really not much else to say other than it was a good win and should give him a confidence boost heading into the 3rd round where he'll face Maran Cilic or Bernard Tomic. If he can keep serving well and playing aggressively yet not making silly errors then he should be able to handle either of those two with relative ease.
I was really hitting my spots well today,” Federer said. “It was actually quite breezy, that's why I'm particularly happy about it.
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve Serve
Break Points Converted
Net Points Won
38 of 43 = 88%
14 of 27 = 82%
5 of 11 = 45%
14 of 21 = 67%
Predictions for Federer vs. Cilic US Open 3rd Round
So exactly what I thought would happen Cillic beat Tomic and will meet Federer in the 3rd Round on Saturday. Probably a night session as I reckon as it's good matchup so early in the tournament.
What I didn't expect was Cilic to crush Tomic so easily – I didn't watch the match as I don't enjoy either of their styles of play but Cilic only dropped 3 games in 3 sets. One of them was a bagel too. So it really was a thrashing. It will be interesting to read the report to see if it was Cilic playing unbelievable or Tomic playing poorly. I can't make a decision on Tomic, when I first saw him I thought he was a total pusher, then he had a good Wimbledon, but I later found out he arrived at Wimbledon very early so had huge amounts of practice on the grass compared to others. So the jury is still out. I'm edging towards him being a let down though.
Anyway, Cilic will be the toughest match of this US Open campaign so far for Roger. He's a step up from Giraldo and Sela and plays with quite alot of power.
However, despite Cillic playing in the same mould as Tsonga and Berdych whom Roger lost to in Montreal and Cincinatti respectively, I just can't see him losing this match. It's difficult for me to see him losing a set really. Cillic doesn't strike me as a consistent player, he's always being tipped for big things, then his coach says he won't be ready for another year or 2. He definitely has the power to do some damage but I see Roger mixing it up here and moving him around too much. So I'll go for a 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory.