Hey everyone, Group B is underway and Roger got off to the peRFect start as he cruised past Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-1 in just 69 minutes. It was both the performance I expected and the one I'd hoped for as he really give Tipsy the treatment today, breaking his serve 4 times and only losing 8 points behind his own service. Roger is now 40-7 at the World Tour Finals and moved ahead of Lendl today, another day, another record. GOAT. Also how cool is the Purple polo against the blue courts?
In terms of the match it was total one way traffic, Roger broke first game, was 3-0 up in no time and even though Tipsarevic managed to string together some holds he made no impression in Roger's serve as Fed wrapped up the set 6-3. The second set was at near JesusFed levels as Roger broke 3 times to serve up a tasty breadstick and I think his place in the semi finals is all but secure. And remember to check out the higlights reel below, there's some great shots from both guys, including a crazy get at 3-1 deuce on the Tipsarevic serve in the second set.
Key stats were 95% of points won behind his first serve, 24 winners to 16 unforced errors and close to 50% on his break point conversion rate. Perhaps the only let down was Roger only making 51% of his first serves, that could of course be higher; but he didn't face a break point the entire match. Maybe that says something about Tipsarevic not being the greatest returner in the game but I think Roger's second serve is very effective on this court. His backhand also holds up well at the o2, the low bounce helps and his slice is always going to be a great weapon.
There's not much else to say really other than Roger looked in great form, his timing was spot on and the courts are fast with a low bounce; a great scenario if you're Roger. I said after Basel that he wouldn't win the World Tour Finals, it's still going to be tough with Murray looking dangerous now he has the wind in his sails after beating Berdych but I'm much more optimistic after seeing todays dominant performance. Skipping Paris was a great idea.
I'm happy with my level of play today against Janko, who is obviously a good player. I think it's nice conditions here. I've had a good year. It's true, I feel like I'm striking the ball well after today. I hope it's a sign for more to come hopefully
Federer vs. Tipsaravic Match Stats
Federer Interview after his Victory
Predictions in his next Round Robin
As far as I'm aware Roger plays the winner of the Ferrer Del Potro match, I didn't know the draws worked like that at the World Tour Finals but everything indicates that's the case with Djokovic and Murray both winning and now set to face off tomorrow.
Here's my prediction:
I think Roger will get the job done against either opponent, he'll be out for revenge against Del Potro and I just don't see Ferrer having enough to win on an indoor court.