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Federer Dismisses Mayer to Make Semi Finals in Halle

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

Federer Halle Quarter Final 2015

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.

Match Stats

R.Β Federer F.Β Mayer
Aces 9 3
Double Faults 3 0
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
Winners 33 11
Unforced Errors 18 11
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

Federer Mayer Halle QF 2015

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

Federer Karlovic AO

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).


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  1. Hi Jonathan

    Fabulous first set – bit tighter on the 2nd set, I thought Mayer did well to come back after the first set bagel, but you never felt like it was going to go to a third set. He definitely seems to be a little grumpier this week, maybe he is missing the family. Not looking forward to the Karlovic match I can see it going to tie breaks – hopefully in two – Allez Roger he is nearly there and I got 3rd think I am improving

    1. Yeah I think he was berating something even in game one πŸ˜†

      I always enjoy Karlovic matches with Fed, usually some crazy shot like that lob at AO or some of the returns at Wimbledon.

  2. The First set Fed was all over Mayer. A Bagel , wow. Thanks for the re cap Jonathan. Efficient as usual.

  3. Thanks, Jonathan for the concise write-up. Little to add to an excellent match. Mayer has got a pretty decent slice.
    On next match with Ivo, agree with you that Roger will need to have a good return game and hold serve comfortably tomorrow. Then pressure will be back on Ivo.
    3 down 2 to go!
    Allez Roger!

    1. Yeah Mayer has some tricky type shots that will catch out a lot of players. It was smart by Fed to keep asking him to find passing shots when he’d much rather slice. 20/22 at net impressive.

  4. Great first set. Could’ve gone better if he would have made that dropshot in the first game of the second set.
    He’s moving very well actually – in my opinion there’s no indication of some injury.

  5. Thanks Jonathan. Great first set, and actually I was happier when Mayer stayed with him the second set; he’d done well in this tournament and it would have been a very unhappy end if Feds had taken the second at 6-2 or something. Important thing is that Feds was moving very well, so if there are any problems, they must be minor ones. What a relief! Dr Ivo got the record today, but surely he can’t have a repeat – and Feds always puts pressure on him, so I’m with you on the two sets. πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks Jonathan for the recap. I didn’t watch the match. Woke up this morning, checked ATP site for result immediately, then came here to find out the story. Was a bit worried seeing a bagel and tiebreak. Wasn’t sure if it’s Falla picked up his level or Fed dropped due to injury. Big relief after reading this. Thank you! Hopefully I can catch the match tonight, it having been scheduled earlier. Gee Fed looks like a kid next to Karlovic. I can imagine it’ll be some sort of ace humiliation again. Go Roger!

    1. Yes, I was quite relieved as well.

      Where is everybody?! It’s 4 hours after Jonathan posted, and only 8 replies so far?

  7. So it’s the early match tomorrow. Ivo’s serve was scary good today, but even if he’s able to sustain that level, if Roger can bring his best he’ll take the match. More of that luminous first-set stuff would be nice. Not so sure we’ll see a set score without a 7 in it, myself! Now if he DOESN’T bring his best – well, that would be interesting, too: can he scrap his way out of it? That’s not what I’m hoping for, but would still be a positive if he pulls it off. As he should, naturally!

    Roger looked happy in the the little mini-volley-exho after the match (?! really ?! What was that all about?) & a happy Roger is a Roger who can play freely: good.

    Monfils apparently crashed into a board around the bottom of the court and is doubtful for Wimbledon, not to mention DC. French team taking some hits this year.

  8. In before Karlovic gets 46 aces against Federer tomorrow to win 7-6 (24-22) 6-7 (14-16) 7-6 (28-26). πŸ˜›

    1. In that Berdych match, Doc Ivo served more aces than the number of balls used in the match. What are the odds each ball used was served for at least one ace?

    2. Anyone want to watch it back in slow mo and track each ball?

      Pity they aren’t numbered to make it easier, think Wilson US Open balls are? 1, 2, 3, 4.

  9. Glad to see no sign of knee injury. Loved the drama-free braker! I know today against scary Ivo wouldn’t be like that but hoping for no TBs or ones with minimum stress. Allez!

  10. Hey guys. Haven’t commented in a long time. Nice post Jonathan. Vintage stuff from roger in a the 1st and a good level in the second. Credit to Mayer for turning this around in the 2nd and making it a match. He’s a good player whose style is actually quite fun to watch. Next up Ivo who is always tough. Hopefully rog can get it done in straights. Also, apparently Wimbledon is forecasted to have torrential rain, so Indoor tennis? . Let’s win this Halle title and Wimbledon. Allez

    1. Yeah I think Mayer has been as high as 18 in the world so he knows how to play.

      I haven’t seen the Wimbledon forecast but it’s a bit early yet to know, things change pretty fast….

    1. Amar, you are talking about Boris’s book, as is everyone else, so it worked regardless of whether you buy it or not πŸ™‚

      As for this newsweek article, I’ve just skimmed it now and it’s just the same as every other lets praise Roger article.

      Tbh I think articles like this have been done too many times, it’s just the same rehashed stuff over and over again:

      “For skill and professionalism; for popularity and longevity, this Swiss genius with a South African mother and a broad, inquisitive view of the world has captured the imagination and the loyalty of people all over the globe.”

      How many times have I read a sentence like that just worded slightly different?

      You never learn anything from these items, other than where Mirka wasn’t born. I guess you could argue she was born before Slovakian independence but I don’t think she would appreciate being called a Czech πŸ™‚

      1. All undeniably true Jonathan – but then fans never tire of reading how wonderful he is (except perhaps you). πŸ™‚

      2. I most certainly do, read one, read them all.

        Zero value add, I’d rathe read a fan story, at least it’s unique. Rather than the next Neil Harman firing up the typewriter with David Foster Wallace’s article next to them for a bit of ‘inspiration’.

      3. I guess you’re right about Boris’s book πŸ™‚

        Yes, we are reading something like this many times already. Nothing is new or more than what most of us already knew. But the timing is just precise, right when someone attacking Roger’s personality unfairly πŸ™‚

  11. How about that Novak article by Simon Barnes telling us amongst other fluff his brothers came to his wedding with other high profile tennis people!! It’s lucky we can discuss it all on here Jonathan. Again thanks for all you are doing which adds some reality and enhanced understanding and enjoyment .

  12. After a bad start this year in that area, looks like the Tie-Break King is back!! He’s won 4 already this week?

  13. Well well well, a Croatian heavy bomber has been shot down by precision Swiss missles πŸ™‚ – 20 bombs are not enough πŸ™‚ . Bravo, well played Maestro πŸ™‚ . Wait for your recap, Jonathan.
    4 down 1 to go.
    Allez Roger!

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