Hey guys, just a quick post after Roger pulled off an absolute demolition job against Gilles Simon brushing him aside 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour. It was another glorious display of tennis from the GOAT as he pulled off just about every shot in the book to totally dismantle a guy whos' been as high as 7 in the world. Just glorious!
I said in my prediction that I thought Roger would win comfortably but Simon would prove a stern test, turns out I was only half right as Roger took the guy to school, breaking him at will and serving with authority from start to finish.
Quick Match Analysis
Just like the schooling of Starace this match requires little analysis. In fact, you can't analyse the GOAT when he's in full flight, you just have to sit back and admire some of the shots he is able to produce. And it's not just one or two, there's an entire collection to the point where the whole match could be used as a highlight reel.
The first game is always a good indicator of things to come and Roger started where he left off the the other evening striking the ball extremely cleanly. Simon held his opening service game but was taken to 30-30 and that set the tone for the rest of the match.
Some cheap errors in Simon's next service game handed Roger the all important early break and that cost Simon dearly. Fed is easily the best front runner in the game so to make costly errors early on isn't wise and it just allowed Roger to free up even more than he was doing all ready.
3-1 became 4-1 in about a minute with a breezy love hold and then the set was over as Roger secured the double break and served it out comfortably to hand out a nice tasty breadstick. I thought this guy was meant to be a testing opponent?! Bakery products suggest otherwise.
The second was more of the same, Roger had 2 break points in the opening service game and sealed it with a drop shot. Whenever those type of shots are coming off you know it's a good day.
The break was consolidated with a love hold then there was a slight hiccup at 2-1 with Roger getting pegged back to deuce but he held and then just like the first set at 4-2 he got the double break and served it out, yet again hitting a booming ace on match point. Allez!
Federer vs. Simon Match Stats
Yet again more solid match stats. I wonder if Roger has ever lost a match when the winners are higher than the unforced error count and he's served at above 70%. I'd guess not.
Point of the Match
My Thoughts on the Match
A few things stick out with this match:
- The amount of ridiclous drop shots he played that left Simon looking dazed and confused
- Attacking play
- A drop shot return off a serve 😛
- All round brilliance
Really it was a bit like an exhibition this one from Roger, he just kept making outrageous shots and it was like he couldn't miss. I think even Simon was in awe really, throughout the second set he was trying to rip forehands and backhands but was just constantly getting outwitted by the slice, drop shots and big big forehands of Roger Federer.
After schooling Starace this was another solid performance against a guy who is definitely capable of going toe to toe with the big guys so it was pleasing to see.
Simon's only downfall is just his lack of weapons and physicality that prevent him from ever really hurting the top 4 consistently or for a prolonged period but he's still one of the cleanest ball strikers on tour yet it didn't look like that tonight.
Roger just never let the guy into the match, once he found his rhythm after about 30 seconds into his opening service game that was it basically, game over, thanks for turning up. Total masterclass. He just seemed to have so much time to play his shots, moved great and was tactically very sound. Here's hoping he carries this form through right up the end of the tournament.
Predictions vs. Janowicz
Next up for Roger is Jerzy Janowicz and it's the first time they've played one and other so there's no real indicator of what type of match we can expect.
I've not seen an awful lot of Janowicz other than his breakthrough run in Bercy where he beat Murray but apart from that I've only seen highlights. I have to say on the face of it this guy is a clown. He's cocky, makes ridiculous claims, is quite disrespectful and very temperamental especially after his meltdown at the Australian Open.
I mean what kind of guy rips his shirt off after winning a match in a Masters 1000 second round? The guy looks like he has some talent and has beaten some good players before but I get the feeling he's already too big for his boots. By all accounts he blatantly cheated today against Gasquet by fooling the umpire too. I couldn't find it on the highlights but one thing that struck me is why does Janowicz have to fake grunting? It was obvious he was doing it on purpose. So yeah this guys a prick. peRFect Tennis certified.
I fully expect Roger to school this guy tomorrow evening and put him back in his cage. Roger definitely has a good habit of silencing cocky upstarts who start running their mouth off far too early. From what I remember Janowicz said in an interview earlier in the year that “Federer thinks he is above all”
Federer instead is full of himself, he has something not natural. It’s hard to feel him like a integral part of all of us.
Lost in translation? I'll let you decide.
Anyway Fed would have to play a joke match to lose to this guy and I can't see that happening here, I am actually hoping for some more out and out destruction from the Swiss Maestro. Hopefully he can make it happen. Allez!