Revenge for the Swiss as Roger schooled Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-1 to make swift progress in just 1 hour and 9 minutes limiting the South African to just 10 points in the second set and facing only 1 break point all match.
With the victory he's now up to Number #5 in the world and into his 8th Semi Finals at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
This one was an old fashioned schooling from start to finish as Roger absorbed Anderson's serve and groundstrokes with ease before blasting him off the court.
Anderson will have been confident heading into his first M1000 Quarter Final considering his recent results but here he was completely outplayed.
Quick Match Recap
The serve was always going to be key for both players here and it was Roger who kicked things off with a comfortable hold.
At 1 all Anderson had his first break point after a poor leave from Roger but a timely ace saw off the danger as he held for 2-1. He then created 3 break point chances of his own but Anderson found 3 big first serves to make deuce. A fourth break point followed but an error allowed Anderson to hold.
Both players traded comfortable back to back holds and in no time at all it was 5 all. Roger has always been able to apply the pressure against big servers at the business end of sets and here was no different. He fired off 8 consecutive points to hold and then break to take the first set 7-5.
It peRFect timing from the Swiss who made his move at just the right time in the set. His serve had been bulletproof barring the early BP chance and he used the scoreboard pressure to his advantage and Anderson folded with the pending tie break no doubt on his mind.
The first was a great set to win as it meant Roger could free up even more on the return as he was completely rolling through his own service games.
A love hold kicked of proceedings for the second set and a sweet dropshot followed by a sick lob meant he was up 2-0 and cruising.
From that point on it was all over and Anderson looked out of ideas, the double break soon followed meaning Roger had won 7 straight games to lead 5-0.
Anderson prevented the bagel but the breadstick was unavoidable for the South African as Roger closed it out with consummate ease 7-5 6-1.
|K. Anderson||R. Federer|
|1st Serve %||59%||65%|
|1st Serve Points Won||23/32 (72%)||26/33 (79%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||7/22 (32%)||16/18 (89%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/7 (57%)||1/1 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||9||10|
|1st Return Points Won||7/33 (21%)||9/32 (28%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||2/18 (11%)||15/22 (68%)|
|Break Points Won||0/1 (0%)||3/7 (43%)|
|Return Games Played||10||9|
|Total Service Points Won||30/54 (56%)||42/51 (82%)|
|Total Return Points Won||9/51 (18%)||24/54 (44%)|
|Total Points Won||39/105 (37%)||66/105 (63%)|
Point of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
I was also… feeling good movement wise, feeling good absorbing his pace also being aggressive myself. I think the combination in those 10 minutes, all worked out for me. It was big to win the set and then to go on to break early in the second. Then double break was like a bonus. From then on I was home basically. It was a really good match for me, basically.
Where do you start with a match like this? There aren't many things worth getting up at 3AM for but this was certainly one of them 😀
Just a showcase of Fed magic from start to finish. I thought this was going to be much closer but Roger completely outclassed Anderson here with his all court tennis.
Make no mistake Anderson is a huge server and big ball striker but he had no ideas against Federer. Roger just absorbed his pace, returned his serve brilliantly and exploited his lack of movement.
Winning the first set was clearly the key to the match and it just freed Roger up even more. Anytime he hits dropshots from near impossible positions and lobs a 6 foot 7 inch opponent with a backhand you know it's a good day.
I thought it was also a great example of match play / match management from Fed. Everything was so well timed and well executed. The break of serve at end of set 1 came at the perfect time and everything just flowed. He was in control from point one right till the last.
Stats wise again it was exemplary, near enough double the amount of winners to unforced errors, 65% of first serves in play and a crazy 89% of points won behind his second serve.
Domination really and the fact a guy with a game as big as Anderson's only managed 10 points in the second set shows how one sided this really was.
As for Anderson I think he has potential but he lacks great movement and isn't mentally the best. Looked like the occasion got him a little bit and as soon as he'd felt the wrath of a Federer forehand that got the crowd going crazy he went back into his shell. All a learning experience in his first M1000 Quarter Final though and he could probably make the Top 10 if he can keep consistent.
Predictions vs. Dolgopolov
Next up for Roger is Alexandr Dolgopolov who defeated Milos Raonic in straight sets which was pretty impressive.
Dolgopolov had a lot of hype about 3 years ago but he's failed to deliver so far in the major tournaments. Indian Wells has easily been his best career performance beating Nadal and now Raonic with solid displays.
I think this guy will be a test based on his current form and because he's unorthodox. He's done well here and also made the final in Rio last month where he lost to Nadal. Check out the video below for some of his hitting capabilities:
Clay is definitely his best surface but Indian Wells isn't a million miles away from that with the way it plays.
Roger leads the H2H 1-0 after their only meeting being Basel 2010 where Dolgo retired a set and 5-2 down.
With the way Roger is playing I think he will relish playing against this guy. He is quite unique in his style, throwing a lot of junk into the mix and I figure Fed might enjoy it as it's something different to what he usually gets.
For all this assets Dolgopolov is not a great returner and that's why I can't see him winning here. I also think he struggles when players give him variety too. Tomic has beaten him a couple of times by varying his pace and there is nobody better in the game at that than Fed.
I'll pick Fed in 2 again. 6-4 7-6(4). Chumm jetzt!