A quick evenings work for Federer here as he dismissed Florian Mayer 6-0 7-6(1) to move into the semi finals at the Gerry Weber Open in just 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Mayer had pulled off some good wins this week on the grass but he was no match for Roger in this one, the Swiss winning the first set for the loss of just 10 points in 19 minutes. The second set was somewhat more competitive from the German but he couldn't create a single break point chance and he eventually succumbed in a one sided tie break.
In the other quarter finals Karlovic upset Berdych, Nishikori defeated Janowicz in three and Seppi won the first set before Monfils retired with a leg injury.
Quick Match Recap
Roger won the toss and elected to receive, breaking to 30 as Mayer was slow out of the blocks, leaving a ball that dropped 4 feet inside the baseline.
The break was quickly consolidated for 2-0 and Roger then broke again in style with some vintage grass court tennis. The double break was quickly consolidated in just 90 seconds and although Mayer saved 2 break points in game 5 he was again broken before Roger served out the set 6-0.
Into set 2 and Mayer was in desperate need of a hold which he found after saving another break point to lead 1-0. Roger was then pegged back to deuce himself but held for 1-1.
Getting that all important game on the scoreboard settled Mayer down and he began to pick up more points behind his first serve which helped him hold his next 3 service games. Roger was as equally impressive on serve though despite Mayer mustering a few more return points with some consistent play.
At 4-4 Roger made a couple of aggressive 2nd serve returns to bring up another break point but Mayer held. Both players then exchanged love holds before Roger held to 15 to force a breaker.
The breaker had the potential to be a close run thing with Mayer looking solid but after he lost the opening point it was one way traffic as Roger ran away with it, moving into a 4-1 lead and then coming up with a sweet backhand return on match point to take it 7-1.
|R. Federer||F. Mayer|
|1st Serve %||65%||68%|
|1st Serve Points Won||32/37 (86%)||26/41 (63%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||10/20 (50%)||8/19 (42%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/0 (0%)||4/7 (57%)|
|Service Games Played||9||9|
|1st Return Points Won||15/41 (37%)||5/37 (14%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||11/19 (58%)||10/20 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||3/7 (43%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||9||9|
|Net Points Won||20/22||8|
|Total Service Points Won||42/57 (74%)||34/60 (57%)|
|Total Return Points Won||26/60 (43%)||15/57 (26%)|
|Total Points Won||68/117 (58%)||49/117 (42%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Light work for the GOAT in this one and you could say his matches have gotten progressively easier as the week has gone on. There were some concerns after Roger called the trainer against Gulbis and skipped practise yesterday but he allayed any fears of injury by playing the first set at break neck speed to take it 6-0. Mayer got off to a bad start and it just got worse from there on for him; failing to win a single point behind his second serve and never looking comfortable on the court.
To his credit Mayer did regroup in the second set to get games on the board but he was still playing second fiddle out there as Roger just played within himself before nearly breaking at 4-4 and eventually running away with it in the tiebreak.
Stats wise it's all very impressive with Fed not facing a single break point and winning 20 of 22 points at the net. I liked the intent to move forward too, constantly pressuring the Mayer backhand with deep approaches that forced him to try make topspin passing shots when he'd much prefer to slice a rally ball deep onto the baseline.
Predictions vs. Karlovic
Next up is big serving Ivo Karlovic who took out Berdych in 3 sets delivering a record breaking 45 aces in the match. Hugely impressive serving from the Croat and on this surface he can take the game away from an opponent very easily.
Roger has the edge though both on grass and in the H2H with a 12-1 lead, 2 of the wins coming at Wimbledon both in straight sets. It's basically going to boil down to how well Roger takes care of his own service games and whether he can make enough returns to trouble Karlovic on serve.
We saw when the two last met in Basel that when the crowd get involved and the pressure builds Karlovic can get tight and crack on serve; so we may see that tomorrow if Roger is able to come up with the type of shots that send the crowd into a frenzy on a big point.
Hopefully Fed has a decent returning day and doesn't relinquish any breaks of serve he might get; if he does serve well then I think he'll get it done in 2 tight sets. Maybe 3 but I will pick Fed in 2: 6-4 7-6(5).