Roger Federer is the first man into the Last 16 at Wimbledon with a routine 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win against Dan Evans. The win sees him make the second week at SW19 for the 14th time and like with Marcus Willis on Thursday any hopes of a British victory on Centre Court were quickly put to bed by the 7 time champ.
The Swiss was in solid form throughout, racing into a 4-0 lead in the first 2 sets and winning 5 games a row in the third to come through in 86 minutes; hitting 11 aces and 29 winners to move into the fourth round on Monday.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Evans found himself in immediate trouble having to save a string of break points but couldn't fend off a fourth as he lost the opening game. Roger consolidated for 2-0 and moved into a 4-0 lead. Evans finally got on the board in game 5 (which saw the first successful SABR of 2016 I believe) and then recouped one of breaks for 2-4. The Brit then saved a break point en route to holding for 3-4 but Roger didn't give him another look as he took the set 6-4.
Evans looked to be getting into things at the end of set 1 but Roger broke to love at the start of the second to stop the world number 86 in his tracks. The Swiss again moved up a double break into a 4-0 lead and this time maintained his advantage to take the set 6-2.
With Evans now looking out of ideas Roger was able to take full control in the third. Breaking to lead 2-1 and cruising to a 5-1 advantage. Evans managed to hold to force Roger to serve it out but he did so to 15 to book his spot in the fourth round on Monday.
|Match Statistics||R. Federer||D. Evans|
|First Serve % In||45/67 (67%)||54/94 (57%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||40/45 (89%)||26/54 (48%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||11/22 (50%)||21/40 (53%)|
|Net Points Won||12/21 (57%)||9/18 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||6/15 (40%)||1/2 (50%)|
|Receiving Points Won||47/94 (50%)||16/67 (24%)|
|Total Points Won||98||63|
|Distance Covered (M)||1518.6||1458.5|
|Distance Covered/pt. (M)||9.4||9.1|
Thoughts on the Match
Solid match again from Roger who was the better player throughout. I didn't think Evans had much chance going into it and that proved to be the case as Federer was all over his serve. If my numbers are right I think Evans lost at least 2 points in every service game apart from the one he held to love in at 1-5 down in the third set. Just way too much pressure which is why he sent down 8 double faults and Roger won 50% of points on the return. Looks like Evans has one of those serves that Fed can return all day long as it's not coming down from a great height or at a great pace.
Other than that I think Fed moved well throughout the match. The break in the opening game was from a defensive squash shot forehand that I don't think he'd have made in Stuttgart or Halle. The serve was on song for the most part losing just 5 points behind the first delivery and really he was just better in every area. He also seemed to get better as the match went on which another good sign. Of course he hasn't been tested and it's been an easy draw so you can't get too carried away. Part of me thinks he's getting sharper but the other thinks as soon as he runs into a consistent ball striker with respectable power his ground game will be found wanting. The good news is he keeps winning which means we'll probably find out 🙂
Predictions vs. Steve Johnson
Next up is the form player on grass this season Steve Johnson who's on an 8 match winning streak on the surface after winning the Aegon Open in Nottingham (still a few to go to match his College winning streak of 72 😉 ). The American beat Dimitrov in 4 sets earlier today and he's going to be Roger's toughest test of the tournament so far.
They've never played each other (but they have practised together in Indian Wells) so it could be an interesting one. Johnson will be flying high on confidence whilst Fed's still in the rebuilding stage after his stop start year. Based on what I've seen I think Johnson could get a set and he'll definitely compete but Fed has to be the favourite going in. Johnson got his first top 10 win against Gasquet at Queen's so his record against the elite isn't great but like we saw with Querrey against Djokovic, anything can happen.
I'll pick Fed in 4. He needs to be sharp as Johnson has a good serve and forehand but if he can draw errors from the backhand and get enough returns in play I like his chances.