A demolition job here for Federer as he crushed Murray 6-0 6-1 in just 56 minutes to book his spot in the Semi Finals at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The win sees the Swiss top group B with 3 wins from 3 and he's yet to drop a set.
Murray came into the encounter needing to win in straight sets to give himself any hope of reaching the knockout stages after losing his opener to Nishikori on Sunday. The World Number 6 did iwin the first two points of the match in Roger's opening service but he was soon down a break and from there Roger never looked back, dominating with his ground strokes and taking advantage of some weak Murray serving to cruise home in front of a shell shocked crowd.
Really just a dream performance from him and everything worked seamlessly from the get go. Probably didn't make as many first serves as he would like but his ground game was exceptionally solid and you had a feeling he wasn't likely to miss many shots from the back of the court. All on his terms and that never ends well for an opponent.
Quick Match Recap
Roger won the toss and elected to serve. With Murray needing a fast start things looked promising for him at 0-30 but a 35 shot rally ensued that Roger won before going onto hold.
Murray's serve has been ropey at best so far this week and Roger was able to break immediately with some majestic play before holding to lead 3-0.
In game four Roger then reeled off an exquisite dropshot and then hit an insane inside in forehand winner at 98mph. Whenever those shots lands in you know it's going to a good day, just incredible footwork and racquet head speed to thread the ball into a tight space for a clean winner.
The double break was consolidated with a love hold and at 5-0 Roger had won 14 points in a row, a third break then followed as Roger handed Murray his first bagel since the Rogers Cup in 2010 against Monfils.
With Murray's hopes of Qualification and Roger guaranteed a spot in the semi's the second set was perhaps even more routine than the first. A love hold started things off and then a double fault by Murray at 30-30 saw him lose serve yet again. By now Fed was in full flight, confidently hitting dropshots and dictating every single point no matter what Murray tried to muster.
2-0 soon became 5-0 and a double bagel looked likely. Fed came close, creating 0-30 but the Scot held his first game of the match which brought huge cheers from the crowd. Fed the peRFect gentleman giving him a game there 🙂
The relief was short lived for Murray though and despite creating 0-30 on Roger's serve the Swiss stamped his authority yet again to win 4 points in a row to seal it 6-0 6-1.
|R. Federer||A. Murray|
|1st Serve %||39%||45%|
|1st Serve Points Won||14/14 (100%)||7/19 (37%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||14/22 (64%)||9/23 (39%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/0 (0%)||1/6 (17%)|
|Service Games Played||7||6|
|1st Return Points Won||12/19 (63%)||0/14 (0%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||14/23 (61%)||8/22 (36%)|
|Break Points Won||5/6 (83%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||6||7|
|Net Points Won||18/23||3/6|
|Total Service Points Won||28/36 (78%)||16/42 (38%)|
|Total Return Points Won||26/42 (62%)||8/36 (22%)|
|Total Points Won||54/78 (69%)||24/78 (31%)|
Shot of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
I had the upper hand from the baseline, which hasn't always happened against him. But I definitely was able to play on my terms. For me, things went very well. I was able to put Andy under pressure very often, and I think the match couldn't have gone any better for me really.
A majestic performance here from Roger and one of those matches where everything he tries works peRFectly. Dropshots, volleys, angles, the forehand, it all clicked together and flowed effortlessly from the first ball to the last. Some of his point construction is just epic when he's playing purely on insinct, running Murray around like someone who has never played before.
This wasn't a match full of blasting winners or serving his opponent of the court either and I saw a few fans on Facebook say the stats aren't that great. However stats never paint the full picture and this one was all down to point construction and keeping his opponent under constant pressure. Like Fed said he knew early it was one of those days where Murray wasn't able to hurt him from the baseline; that allowed him to take charge and play completely on his terms. When that happen there's just now way back in against an opponent like Roger. Clearly it wasn't Murray's best tennis day but he wasn't allowed to get comfortable at the back of the court.
As for Murray himself he has 6 weeks off now to hit the practice courts ahead of the Australian Open. I think he's definitely peaked in terms of achievements but he will still be a factor in the Top 5 if he can regain some of his consistency and edge. From what I've seen he's struggling to put journeymen to bed in matches this year and then when he faces someone at a higher level he has zero answers to really get them off court. Maybe he needs to give Lendl a call 😀
Semi Final Predictions
Roger's semi final opponent is Wawrinka who qualified after beating Cilic in 3 sets. Quite a tough match for him and based on what I have seen Fed wins this one in straights. Stan has a huge game but on this surface so far he's struggled to really piece things together and I don't see how he can hurt Roger enough to really cause a problem. Fed in 2. 6-2 6-4. Allez!