ATP 250Brisbane InternationalRoger Federer

Federer Demolishes Duckworth in Brisbane Quarter Final

Doesn't get any easier than this folks as Roger completely demolished James Duckworth 6-0 6-1 in just 40 minutes and 34 seconds to move into the Semi Finals in Brisbane. It was a completely one sided affair and by my reckoning is the third fastest match of Roger's career. Only matches against Denis Golovanov at the Kremlin Cup in 2002 (37 minutes) and Mischa Zverev at Halle in 2013 (39:26) were faster.

The victory saw Roger record his 998th career win and inflict a bagel on an opponent for the 95th time. It was probably one of the most one sided matches I've seen in the last few years really as Duckworth made a terrible start and never recovered. Looked like he thought any chance he had hinged on the very first game and when he was broken it was all but over in his own mind. Millman showed the way you have to play to even stand a chance against Roger but Duckworth wasn't able to replicate any of the success his compatriot enjoyed 24 hours earlier.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Crushes Duckworth Brisbane

Duckworth kicked things off and although he recovered from 0-30 to hold game point he was broken when Roger reeled off a sweet backhand pass at deuce then drilled a forehand winner to convert his first break point opportunity.

The loss of the first game already put a look of frustration on Duckworth's face and after winning 3 points in his opening game, he only managed 3 more in the entire set as Roger swept him aside 6-0, only dropping 2 points behind his own serve.

The second was surely going to see an improvement from Duckworth but he again got off to the worst possible start, dropping serving immediately with some sloppy play. He did manage to make deuce in Roger's service game but two big serves saw Roger consolidate.

6-0, 2-0 down meant the best Duckworth could hope for was to make the second set scoreline respectable, he set the ball rolling with a hold for 1-2 but was broken in his next service game as Roger then reeled off 7 aces in a row to take a 5-1 lead. Serving it out wasn't necessary for the GOAT either as Duckworth was again broken to 15 to drop the set 6-1. Routine.

Match Stats

  R. Federer J. Duckworth
Aces 12 0
Double Faults 2 1
1st Serve % 70% 66%
1st Serve Points Won 19/21 (90%) 8/25 (32%)
2nd Serve Points Won 6/9 (67%) 4/13 (31%)
Break Points Saved 0/0 (0%) 2/8 (25%)
Service Games Played 6 7
1st Return Points Won 17/25 (68%) 2/21 (10%)
2nd Return Points Won 9/13 (69%) 3/9 (33%)
Break Points Won 6/8 (75%) 0/0 (0%)
Return Games Played 7 6
Winners 24 0
Unforced Errors 8 9
Net Points Won 10/10 1/5
Total Service Points Won 25/30 (83%) 12/38 (32%)
Total Return Points Won 26/38 (68%) 5/30 (17%)
Total Points Won 51/68 (75%) 17/68 (25%)

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Serving Brisbane Quarter Final 2015

A flawless performance here from Roger and I don't think he will play an easier match this year. Duckworth never got any sort of play on Roger's groundstrokes and he was completely outclassed from start to finish.

Duckworth can clearly play better but he doesn't move anywhere near as well as Millman or have the consistency so wasn't able to get on top in the rallies. Fed just took charge, stepped in and hit his forehand with a lot of conviction. Duckworth had no chance, no real plan B when things were looking grim and Roger just took full advantage.

When you're playing the type of tournaments Duckworth is week in week out then it's very rare you play someone with the quality Federer possesses. I'm guessing the level that Fed produced today completely surprised him and he ended up being blown off court in just 40 minutes. He had a face like thunder when the match finished which would suggest he wasn't best pleased with his performance πŸ˜†

As for Roger what more can you say? Just some sublime ball striking, hitting his forehand very big and dictating at any given opportunity. Routine and even though it was done and dusted in 40 minutes it was still pleasing on the eye. Just check the highlights above if you don't believe me πŸ™‚ the point at 15-15 first game second set shows how well Fed was hitting the ball. Crushing it.

Predictions vs. Dimitrov

Federer Dimitrov Brisbane

Next up is Grigor Dimitrov who saw off Martin Klizan in straight sets but did drop his service twice en route to a 6-3 6-4 win. I didn't watch but it looks as though Klizan did create some opportunities but fell short. Klizan plays a high risk game and can blow hot and cold in the blink of an eye so I think the more consistent guy won in the end which was Dimitrov.

Roger leads the H2H now 2-0 between the two and won comfortably in Basel late last year; on current form I fail to see how Dimitrov can live with Roger from the back of the court. Dimitrov is younger, probably a touch faster but he doesn't have the point construction skills of Roger, nor the understanding of the geometry of the court. He also doesn't possess the Federer forehand to really boss the points. We know he's talented, has titles and is billed by many as a future slam champion so a Dimitrov victory isn't impossible but I just don't see it happening tomorrow.

I figure if Fed is playing well, then he gets the job done in 2 or 3 sets. Probably one close set in there so Fed in 2: 7-5 6-4.


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. Sorry Fran. Beat you by a milli second.

      I think I just got a little lucky, no? Probably only internet speed, no? πŸ˜›

    1. All three comments are same time 3:11…Jonathan you have to clarify comments are not sorted by alphabet (G, F and N)..if so not fair πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™‚ Silly of me..

        Anyway, I was hoping to watch match early morning wee hours, but Roger finished the match at the time I am ready to switch on TV..

        Watched highlights and felt like Duckworth is like Deer seen headlights…you have to feel sorry for him…

    2. Sorry Nambi.

      I realised the mistake I was making was reading the article before scrolling to the bottom. (facepalm).

    1. Thanks for asking! I’m taking a break from it. Should start reading everything soon- the writing work is 99% done, save for the end. I figured that putting it aside for a bit of time would lend some fresh perspective. Otherwise I find that I’m not being an unbiased reader. Same goes for when I’m doing recording a new track- put a track aside for a few days/ months, re-open it and I’ll hear things in it that I might have never heard in it before. “I’ll be like, damn that guitar is WAYYY too loud, how did I not hear it before.” πŸ˜›

  1. Wow, a super quick recap just as Fed’s match. And you did a good homework for some facts such as match time, well done. Seriously, Jonathan, I don’t know how you do the blog day in day out while you work full time!

    The match was over by the time I gave up sorting out the chat login with my Macbook. (I heard Conal had the same problem?) Although I would have liked to watch Fed a bit longer, very happy he played solid without wasting any energy. Two more to go for 1,000 wins and a trophy!

    1. Yeah, on the ball with stats today πŸ™‚ the quickest victory one is a very old match, even Vibhu didn’t know it and he should be on the ATP payroll the amount of stats he fires out every match.

      I have just been trying to find out his quickest ever loss, I think it is vs. Ivan Ljubicic in Gstaad 2002, got whooped in 50 minutes. Byron Black next, one of only a few to Bagel Fed is prob next from Queens in 99 in 52 minutes.

      Macbook – I am not sure, try tomorrow or whenever you next come on and let me know if it persists. It might be due to cache / cookies, so clear them in Chrome etc then try again,

  2. Can’t believe duckworth didn’t even hit a winner some great shots from federer and a stress free match compared to yesterday or in fact any other day. I hope he beats dimitrov as the courts I feel suit him. Let’s hope he gets a 1000 πŸ™‚

  3. Master class from the champ. Obviously Duckworth completely outclassed; had to feel sorry for him. Liked the very last point also – absolutely rifled it.

    I guess it will be an earlier start tomorrow, so for those who don’t want to get up in the wee small hours (me), Eurosport 2 are showing them later (not so good as you will probably know the result, but…): semis on Saturday @ 6.45 pm; final Sunday @ 4.30 p.m. And if any of you want to watch the other Brisbane QFs, highlights on tonight at 8.30 pm.

    PS: Little Spanish terrier won against Karlovic in 3 tiebreak sets – what patience! He looked like a hobbit beside the giant Croatian. πŸ™‚

    1. Hv to say great effort from Ferrer. Showed Novak how to be patient and grind thru it. Novak lost it totally! However, ,the most impressive has been Tomas this week. A man reborn under new coach Dani. Better forward attacking movement and speedier to the ball. Will be interesting to see how he plays v David!

      1. Hey Susie, Roger got 33 aces at Basel and Ferrer got 30 aces. Still they stayed with it, waited for their chance and took it when it came. Neither of them went whining. Novak with only 21 aces against him kind of gave up at the end….

        You will see, at AO Ivo will be in Roger’s or Novak’s half…

        I like both Berdy and Ferrer, so doesn’t matter who wins. Ferrer kind of deserves it more…

        Today also a great match of Stan vs Gofin…

      1. Doesn’t Berdy usually do well at the beginning of the year?

        Poor Duckworth: the look on his face at the net says it all. I think I saw him at Wimby (on TV) or somewhere last year and thought he had potential, but he was obviously outclassed today.

        Hoping Roger does well tomorrow – I mean today.

  4. Note to self, must do better!

    Loved watching this 40 min demolition as I had so much to do! Thks Rog for being so quick and efficient! Nothing to add to yr splendid account Jonathan and I hope he still masters Grigor the way he did the last two times! I am looking for his first title although I think Kei will be a handful if he gets thru.

    1. Yeah Nishikori looking really good, he takes the ball so early. Fed would need to play at a high level to beat him. Luckily he has an attackable serve.

    1. Replied on my last post, copyright issues so there’s really no point me going to the trouble of finding clips as they get taken down instantly. It’s also harder to even find highlights.

      1. Not sure why ATP’s being such a pain about copyrights. Not like they’re losing anything.

      2. They are losing something THEIR MONEY. The ATP want people to pay to use or view their copyrighted content.

  5. Poor Duckworth, he was blown off court. Happy that Roger is through easily. Next match will be a little tougher but I think he will be through in 2.

  6. Hm, I thought it took longer than 40 minutes to cook duck πŸ˜€ That was quite the beatdown, too bad we don’t have more of those. If it wasn’t for Chardy’s immense choking, Dimitrov wouldn’t have even made it this far. Hard to judge how close this will be on form alone but will be interesting how they matchup on an outdoor court.

  7. Hard to keep track of tournaments down under. Asleep when Fed plays, then off to work, check the highlights then asleep when the next match is on.

    Roger sure is getting his moneys worth with the red polo!

    Interesting comments about Dimi, Jonathan. So true. Nishikori seems miles ahead now.

  8. Wow. Another clinic. 6-2 6-2!

    Any feel that he’s been returning better up until now? Both Millman and Grigor, are fairly decent servers. Dimitrov is consistently in the 200+ range. I liked his return game very much.

    1. Yep. Who’s your daddy now Dimi?? πŸ™‚

      Please Roger…. don’t let Raonic win. Don’t get bored by his game. 1000th win is ours πŸ™‚

      1. Katyani, Happy New Year…I’m too idle to get up early so haven’t seen the match yet, but the scoreline says it all. I must admit I thought Grigor would have put up more of a fight – looks like Feds tossed him to one side like a rag doll!

        Agree re Raonic – but he had a tough one didn’t he? Will he have anything left, and will it matter anyway since he doesn’t seem to trouble our man? Go Feds for No. 1000! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      2. Hey Slamdunk, happy new year?? It’s 10th Jan you know?? πŸ™‚

        Next target: beating Lendl with his 1071 matches πŸ™‚

  9. Ps Jon: I loved the comment you made during livechat: Roger to Grigor: Anything you are doing or tried, I invented πŸ™‚ Goat πŸ™‚

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