Another second week at Wimbledon for Roger Federer awaits as he saw off 28th seed Mischa Zverev 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes.
An excellent performance from the Swiss, who had a virtually flawless serving day, winning 83 percent of his first-serve points and firing 61 winners to make the second week at Wimbledon for the 15th time.
Quick Match Recap
Zverev won the toss and elected to receive. Roger lost the first point but recovered to hold to 15. Zverev then held to 30, but in game 4 he was broken to 15 after he left a return that dropped in.
Roger consolidated to love for 4-1 and looked to be playing well, but Zverev dug his heels in, breaking back thanks to a Federer forehand shank and he was able to level at 4-4.
The German was now fully in the groove on his serve, and after rattling through his next service game, he held a break point for 6-5. Fortunately, Roger snuffed it out with an ace to hold before Zverev held to force a tiebreak.
Into the breaker and Fed was the man to get in front, going up a mini break for 2-0 which he was able to retain throughout the breaker before breaking again to take it 7-3.
After going five against Kukushkin, Zverev surely needed the first set so losing it was bound to be demoralising. That showed as Roger was able to take charge, breaking early for 2-1 (check the drive volley backhand in this game) and rolling through his service games his next 4 service games to take it 6-4.
Set three was more of the same and after Zverev double-faulted on break point in game three, Fed was virtually home and hosed as he continued to roll through his service games to maintain the break and take it 6-4.
|Match Statistics||M. Zverev||R. Federer|
|First Serve % In||63/102 (62%)||53/88 (60%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||45/63 (71%)||44/53 (83%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||20/39 (51%)||25/35 (71%)|
|Net Points Won||32/58 (55%)||25/34 (74%)|
|Break Points Won||1/2 (50%)||3/6 (50%)|
|Receiving Points Won||19/88 (22%)||37/102 (36%)|
|Total Points Won||84||106|
|Distance Covered (Ft)||5953||4729.3|
|Distance Covered/pt. (Ft)||31.3||24.9|
Thoughts on the Match
Good win for Roger here and the Swiss was able to win through without any real difficulty. Zverev certainly had his moments with some stylish points and nice pickups, but he was never in the lead, and although he was competitive over the three sets, it always felt like Roger had him at arm's length.
The first set was obviously the closest where Roger let his lead slip, and Zverev was able to land 74% of his first serves to keep it tight, but once again the Swiss played a solid tiebreak when he needed it to get the lead. After that, it was all about keeping his nose front, and he was able to win the next two sets without facing a break point; firing 39 winners (61 for the match) to make the second week without dropping a set.
As for Zverev, he played fairly well. Competed hard, hit some great volleys but never really made an impact on the return. For me, he was a bit of a sitting duck on the return for someone of Fed's serving pedigree. Too deep to ever get on the offence and it just gave Roger too much time and put the outcome of every point on his racquet. Couple that with the fact Fed was really finding his spots on serve then it's not a recipe for success.
Predictions vs. Dimitrov
Next up is Dimitrov who was two sets up on Sela when the Israeli retired. Grigor has had a cakewalk draw so far and hasn't been tested, so it's tough to say what sort of form he's in. So all you can go on is that he's had an ok grass court season, hasn't dropped a set in his three matches and has all the tools required to do well on this surface.
So does he have a shot vs. Fed? I think so, but he's still a bit too hot and cold. Plays some stunning points but putting it together for an entire match isn't his forte and you always feel like he'll throw in one or two bad games at the worst possible times. So I make Fed the favourite heading in, but I don't think you can rule out the upset. Either way I'm looking forward to it and hopefully Fed keeps that focus we saw today on serve to get himself over the line.
What is your prediction for Manic Monday? Let me know in the comments.