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Federer Eases Past Evans into US Open Fourth Round

The Swiss was in fine fettle, winning through 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 80 minutes.

Roger Federer booked his spot in the last-16 at the US Open easing past Dan Evans in a 6-2 6-2 6-1 in just 1 hour and 20 minutes.

In what was a one-sided contest the Swiss was out of the blocks quickly against a sluggish looking Evans who had been forced to play his second-round match yesterday due to the inclement weather on Wednesday.

After testing Federer in Australia earlier this year with two of the three sets going to tie breaks, there was no repeat here in New York, as Roger dominated from start to finish with the Brit winning just fourteen return points in the match.

Next up for the five-time champion is either Pablo Carreno Busta or David Goffin who face off later today.

Quick Match Recap

Federer USO 3R 19

Evans won the toss and elected to receive. An ace kicked off Federer's first service game and he held to fifteen for 1-0.

The Brit was quickly level with a love hold before Federer held to thirty for 2-1. Into game three and a slick combination of forehands gave Federer 0-15, a slice lob then deep volley set up 0-30 and he soon had three breakpoints. 

However, Evans has plenty of hustle to his game and two impressive volleys helped him make deuce before levelling for 2-2.

A speedy hold to fifteen from Roger put the pressure straight back on the Solihull man and this time he couldn't escape the game. Federer was able to set up two break points with a silky stop volley and he converted for 4-2.

Roger again held to fifteen to consolidate and he soon had the first set in the bag with a second break of serve to take it 6-2. The Swiss made just 9 errors and despite only serving at 50% was ahead in all areas as Evan's struggled behind his own delivery, 

Into set two and Roger kicked off with a love hold and quickly had 15-40 but Evo recovered to hold for 1-1.

Another love hold put Fed up 2-1 and in game four he reeled off three sweet returns to leave the serving and volleying Evans stranded in no man's land. Federer then picked Evans off with his inside out forehand to break to love and lead 3-1.

A third straight love hold put the Swiss up 4-1. Evans then held to thirty for 2-4 but having only won six points on Federer's serve in the match he needed to quickly find some answers. However, a ridiculous point from Federer for 15-0 helped him cruise to his fourth straight love hold for 5-2.

The Swiss then reeled off some slicker returning to break to love to win the second set 6-2. That prompted Evans to smash a racquet, no doubt furious he'd only won 10 points in the set and wasn't able to win a single return point.

The third set started with another Federer love hold and after a lengthy service game, Evans dropped serve from 40-15 to fall behind 0-2.

With Evans looking dejected and sarcastically telling his box he was playing great it looked as though the match would soon be over, but a sloppy service game from Federer allowed Evans to recover the break.

That success was shortlived as Federer broke to love, aided by two double faults to lead 3-1. A hold to thirty consolidated for 4-1 and Evans was quickly down a double break, hitting a double fault on break point to give Roger a 5-1 lead. The Swiss then served it out to fifteen to move into round 4.

Match Stats

  R. Federer D. Evans
Aces 10 0
Double Faults 1 4
First Serve % In 40/61 (66%) 34/67 (51%)
Win % On 1st Serve 32/40 (80%) 14/34 (41%)
Win % On 2nd Serve 15/21 (71%) 13/33 (39%)
Net Points Won 26/37 (70%) 4/16 (25%)
Break Points Won 7/14 (50%) 1/2 (50%)
Receiving Points Won 40/67 (60%) 14/61 (23%)
Winners 48 7
Unforced Errors 19 14
Total Points Won 87 41
Distance Covered 5411.0 ft 5361.5 ft
Distance Covered/pt. 42.3 ft 41.9 ft


Press Conference

Thoughts on the Match

Fed Evans US 19

Maybe Danny wasn't feeling it quite today. He played yesterday so maybe that was a competitive advantage for me. I really enjoyed it out there today. I definitely think this is playing much faster than at night and even indoors. That's the key to winning here and staying around, to adjust to wind, heat and humidity. It makes the ball travel differently and I was able to manage it well.Federer on his win over Evans

A solid and routine win here for Federer which was pleasing to see. After starting slowly in his opening two matches against Sumit Nagal and Damir Dzumhur he was into the groove against Evans in no time, winning the first set in just 27 minutes.

From there on it was a total carve-up and Evans had no real answers, Roger held to love for five games on the spin from the first game of set two to the first of set three so he was never in any sort of trouble. Stats wise it's all pretty good with 48 winners and 80 per cent of first-serve points won along with 70 per cent won behind his second delivery.

However, as comfortable as it was, there is no point getting carried away with the win just yet. It was good but a lot of Evan's shots didn't have much pop on them. That lack of weight on the ball meant Federer could play on autopilot without ever being out of his comfort zone. Evan's serve was rudimentary to return as well, he didn't have that leg drive and seeing Federer win 60% of return points is unlikely to happen again in the tournament. 

But you can't knock Fed's level. He took full advantage of the faster day time conditions, figured out early Evans had nothing to hurt him with and gave him a true working over. The highlight for me was the stop volley in game six to set up 15-40 and the first point of game seven in set two which was top class. That backhand smash wasn't half bad either 🙂

As for Evans, after getting over being comprehensively outplayed on Arthur Ashe he can reflect on another decent tournament which sees him return to the Top 50 and close the prize money gap with Jamie Murray. The Brit has a ton of upside to his game and you feel like if he can improve in a couple of areas he can take things a step further on the tour. He'll no doubt feel a bit unlucky having to play two days in a row as to stand any chance he needed to come out explosive and really take it to Federer but it just wasn't there for him.

Predictions vs. Goffin

Next up is David Goffin after he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in three tight sets. Federer said in his intereview he'd prefer to play Goffin overall as he knows his game better compared to Busta whom he has only played once way back in 2013 at Roland Garros.

Goffin, on the other hand, has been Roger's opponent nine times with eight victories for the Swiss. That tells you a lot about the matchup and it's firmly on Federer's racquet. The Swiss has a better serve, more versatile groundstrokes and is usually the more aggressive player which is why it's been a one-sided rivalry.

However hard courts are arguably Goffin's best surface and I'm guessing he will like the conditions in New York if the ball isn't lively as he has a fairly conservative grip. Federer said the court reminds him of the Tour Finals, which is where Goffin's sole win came from so I'm expecting David to make it competitive if he can serve well.

What did you guys think of the win against Evans? Predictions against Goffin? Let me know in the comments.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Just happy Roger is through with minimal fuss. Good to get some confidence in his game. I hope he gets another day match

  2. Well,a delight to watch Fed playing superbly and freely.
    Always the greatest pleasure in tennis as it is played today.
    Forget all the grindathons this is superb tennis.
    Having said that Evans was tired and at a disadvantage with the loss of a day’s rest.
    However that is what tournaments are all about.Bad weather,scheduling all play a part.
    So,Fed building up steam.Throwing down a warning to the others in this tournament 😊

  3. Right now Goffin and Busta seem hard fighting. If a day match, Roger has an equal and good chance vers both of them? It might be a bit testing, though, both are tough. I like Goffin’s style most, so I prefer him to prevail now and we may have a wonderful tennis match on sunday

    1. Just watching a bit of Goffin /Busta,Goffin up two sets to love.But both tiebreaks.Very close.
      Going back to Stan,hopefully the Man.

    1. Hey Jon, quick and good post. Thanks for that.

      I love angry and sassy RF 🙂
      “I called it out. I called it in. Challenge” 🙂
      “I heard this sh*t too often now” 🙂


      1. Hi Katyani, me too, liking an angry Roger Federer; I fantasised Roger kicking chairs many times 🙂 .

      2. Me, too love angry, sassy Rog, Katyani.
        But it was typical British media, particularly Guardian, making “Angry Federer” sounds like a lot more arrogant for haters 😉 It should have added the press conference video like here. If he was angry what would Novak be like last night?

        😆 Gang

      3. Yeah good he finally said he was sick of being portrayed as the guy running the tour who gets everything he wants. If that was the case, why are the courts so slow!?

    1. Yes, but Paolo Lorenzi is a fine player, always giving it all on court and with a correct attitude (well, he grunts…) It seems that he is highly regarded among his peers.

    2. Yeah Lorenzi is meant to be a decent guy. He had a daft record of having never won a 1st round at a slam in a lot of attempts but got over that and had some decent runs. Beat Edmund at USO last year, 4th round year before. So that’s an impressive win for Stan in straights, could easily have dropped sets to that guy..

  4. The match was a workout. Today Evans had no shots or tactics to trouble Fed. Maybe he was a bit sharper on passing shots but Fed quickly realized how to nullify that.
    Anyway, having played on the day before didn’t help and he was sweating a lot very early in the match. On a different day he might have given Fed some hard problems to solve.
    Well, Fed did what he had to do and did it nicely. An enjoyable match but I secretly wish Evans had forced Fed to use the next gear.

    1. Yeah, people are underestimating the effect playing yesterday had on Evans. I don’t know where you’d rank him fitness-wise on the tour anyway, but playing back to back days in the heat is tough for anyone.

      I dunno what the ideal match for Fed was, was a confidence booster to win with just 5 games dropped.

  5. Obviously much better than his previous level, though like you said Jon hard to get too excited because Evans was very poor today. But Fed took care of business and he’s into the fourth round. I hope it’s a day match vs Goffin as a) it means I can actually watch it and b) I think Goffin stands a decent chance against Fed at night.

  6. Glad to see the organisers did insert a third (doubles) match into the schedule on Ashe, otherwise I think some of the spectators might have been pretty annoyed at how little tennis they got for their bucks!

  7. Federer was excellent. Most importantly, he got off to a fast start, no cheap UEs or passivity. All departments, serve, return, groundstrokes, volleys were working together.

    Evans was surely depleted from playing two days in a row, but had he been fresher, I think it still would have been straight sets. He doesn’t have the firepower to put Federer on the defensive, nor the footspeed to frustrate Federer by retrieving every ball.

    The next opponent will be a consistent baseliner. I prefer Goffin on grounds of personality; Carreno Busta is more workmanlike. Federer will have to play a clean match to get through, otherwise it could be a long day.

    1. First set he was very passive IMO. Just played safe without over pressing as he realised Evans wasn’t able to go full throttle and try force the issue.

      Evans doesn’t have big weapons but he does have good foot speed. He gave Fed a good match in Australia tbh. I’d always back Fed in straights as his game is a bigger version of Dan’s but Evo more than capable of getting a set.

  8. Thanks, Jonathan. For me, it was 19 UFEs that did it. In the first two rounds, Roger just sent balls long or wide, while not appearing under any pressure.
    Allez Rog!

  9. I don’t think Evans played poorly nor was his freshness a factor in his loss. His single backhand simply doesn’t have the fire power and precision like double-handers in the tour and coupled with his 5 8″ stature, wasn’t able to do much damage to hurt Roger. Goffin will of course be another story…………….. Can’t wait to watch the match.

    1. It was a huge factor. I’ve watched a lot of Evans as I like his game and what he brings to the table. He is usually far more aggressive on his forehand. He didn’t have the legs yesterday. Catch 22 as no explosiveness to play aggressive meant he had to defend and do even more running.

      What do you mean firepower of a double hander? A 1 handed backhand is a more powerful shot.. Evans drive backhand is a weakness as he doesn’t have huge confidence on that shot, but it wasn’t the reason he lost. He was likely going to lose even if he brought his A-game, but the gap widened big time when he showed up looking sluggish.

      1. He definitely should work on improving his drive backhand, otherwise he risks having “…also known as Dan the Slicer…” under his entry in the tennis annals.

      2. A good single backhand drive, we all have been told, needs more precise preparation/footwork/timing than one hit with a double. And Evans, given his relatively smaller stature is at a disadvantage for 2 main reasons when trying to hit on that side:
        1) having a shorter reach and hence risking being late and
        2) balls bouncing (more) above his chest compared with taller guys hence compromising good hitting position.
        Under those circumstances, slice is the only option, which inadvertently, when is not low and deep, gives more time for opponent to go on the offence. Slice is more often than not a parrying shot which is not to say is totally ineffective but todays’ game has evolved into one where firepower and pace is needed to win points.
        A double backhander has somehow more ability to drive the ball crosscourt in a precise way (short and wide) to the backhand of the opponent and I find this pattern of play trouble more the single backhander players. These double-handers almost always hit in such fashions against single handed players and they hit them very early too. Just my 2 cents.

      3. I agree, Evans is at a disadvantage with his height on the BH.

        2 handed backhands have advantages for sure. But a 2 handed backhand is not more powerful than 1 handed backhand. The swing path dictates power, and a 1 handed player can generate a lot more power for this reason.

  10. Quick and excellent post just like Fed’s match.
    “His (Fed’s) game is a bigger version of Dan’s” – so true! Pity about scheduling for Evo as I like his game, too. Hope to see him more. As for Roger, sure the schedule and condition helped but such a joy to watch when he’s mean business.

    1. I can see Evans doing well, he probably needs a coach to bring out some extra in his game though, seems like he may slack off otherwise but post-ban he looks focused. Henman!?

      1. Nothing necessarily wrong with chalk and cheese – as long as you don’t try eating both of them!

  11. I imagine fed will be day/early evening match as djok and Stan will surely be the blockbuster night match

    1. Thanks Jon, now on, and very informative! Yea, nothing for sure, but still a good chance for Roger, and for a nice match to watch.

  12. Not really much to say about that one, Evans really too far below par to test Roger. Goffin won in 3 straight sets so he should be fairly well rested. Think that one will be a little tougher, Roger in four is my prediction, split the first two then Roger runs away with it. Obviously straight sets would be best, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

    1. Goffin won in straight sets, yes, but it took him more than 3 hours as far as I remember, so I bet he’s grateful to get rested today…

  13. @Jon
    About Spanish names. The name is Pablo Carreño-Busta. If you want to shorten it, mus be Pablo Carreño. The same with Bautista-Agut – not Agut, but Bautista. In Spanish names the first part is first surname fro father, the second – first surname of the father. Nothing to do with social status.
    Your LanguageNazi 😉

    1. Ye ye, old news. I just write what I like.

      Although I know in 2019 we try to push the possibility that 2 men can produce a child but It’s the first surname of the father and first surname of the mother 😉 .

      1. Hahaha, you got me 😉 Two fathers. Nothing to do with social status. So even 2 poor men can produce a child. Very fair 😉

      1. Do Spanish people get offended or annoyed by putting the wrong name? For example, if PCB saw his name written as Busta would he be annoyed?

        A few people have commented similar to PRF when I’ve called Bautista Agut just Agut, for example, explaining to me the naming convention which I know but for brevity and just ease of typing I put RBA, Agut, Busta or whatever springs to mind etc.

        A lot of people write my name as Jonathon, I don’t get offended but I laugh at how dumb people are when my name is written correctly in the email they are replying to.

      2. Mmm… I think it’s more like calling you Patrick, or whatever your middle name is, when that’s not what you go by.

  14. If Fed gets the chance to serve first I believe he should.
    He chose to receive against Rublev and Dhumzur and dropped the first set.
    Evans won the toss and chose to receive so Fed had no choice.
    Also if I remember rightly he chose to receive against Tstitsy in the Australian Open failed to break him and lost the
    Now obviously Fed and his team work out these tactics but I think you want to get off to a good start you need to
    Serve first.It sends out a strong message that you are confident in your serve and creates scoreboard pressure.
    I can’t remember Djoker ever choosing to receive if he had the choice.(I may well be wrong)
    I am sure there are all sorts of statistics that show it makes no difference,but it is just what I think.
    I also think he will beat Goffin in straights.😊

      1. I wasn’t saying that they were.
        I was talking about having the choice of whether to serve or not,if one should be able to
        Have the choice.
        Regrettably I have no idea who Brad Gilbert is,so cannot tell him anything 😊

    1. A lot of tactics in this decision.

      I think Roger chooses to receive because he has such a strong confidence in his serve.
      Sometimes he does choose to serve.

      The benefits of choosing to receive as I see it:
      A. You get to attack an opponent’s serve when he might still be cold. If you consolidate you immediately grab the advantage and make your opponent chase you the entire set or maybe the match. Roger is maybe the best front runner at the game therefore it’s a good way to frustrate opponents.
      B. You get to serve first after breaks, beginning at the 4th game. This way, Roger can make a one minute special and immediately apply pressure on the opponent serve.
      C. Because you serve first at the majority of the set, you begin your serve games more fresh.

      Novak likes to serve first because he’s strength is the return. So he likes to apply score board pressure by turning up the heat when the opponent serves to stay in the set.
      If it works, he gets to serve first again, thus keeping the momentum and frustrating the opponent.

      It’s different tactics for different strengths.

      1. Please ignore typing errors and other faults, like not choosing the most suitable word (e.g “advantage” instead of “lead”).

        I should read my comments before I press the reply button.

        I hope you got the idea…

      2. Thank you for the detailed response.
        As I see it the main advantage is A,if you are Roger ,as I appreciate your conclusion.
        However if you don’t bring it off,and Fed hasn’t recently,then you have put yourself on the back foot,as it were.
        I guess it is swings and roundabouts 😊

      3. If you weren’t saying the coin toss and your choice can decide the match, why have a preference on the pick? 😆

        At least my last 100 posts here (possibly more) will have the coin toss winner and their choice, so if someone wants to look at the stats, they can do 🙂

        If you look at Fed’s choices it’s fairly easy to see the reason behind his picks. Relatively weak server | First time on a big court | Young player who could be nervous = receive first if he wins.

        Big server, experienced pro = serve first. Of course, it’s not exact, sometimes he might just feel like receiving or serving regardless. He even chooses sides from time to time. But in the main, those are his choices.

    2. You can send strong message, serving first game (chosen by you or by the opponent for you), but you can send even stronger message breaking the opponent who has chosen to serve .

      It’s only for the public to get emotional before the match starts.

      The solution is simple. Instead of tossing a coin and then let the “winner” choose, they can toss a coin with FED SERVE on the one side and FED RECEIVE on the other 😉

      1. As usual, it is fans projecting their own beliefs and feelings onto RF and what he should do.

        All the fans that are still in pieces about the Wimbledon loss are projecting that Fed must feel the same. Then he beats Evans easy, and they feel better so of course, Fed is now over Wimbledon because they are! Next match he loses, must be Wimbledon.

        My own preference is Fed should choose whatever the fuck he likes when he wins the toss. Serve, receive, choose sides, default, move courts, play left-handed, 2 bounces allowed.

  15. I think this one is a serious land mine.
    Goffin is in fine form lately and likes the conditions. Will be very interesting.

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch it as I’m working tomorrow evening.

    Go Roger!

  16. Fed is pacing himself beautifully. Agreed that Goffin is a serious landmine. If Goffin takes out Fed, I hope Stan and Cilic do their part too. Both Nadal and Djoko look primed for another USO trophy.

    I don’t know if Fed can win this USO. It will be a big deal because he then breaks tie with Connors/Sampras to take the lead. Once can still “hope”. Since Fed is injury free this would be a good time to snag it. There is always next year, but Fed gets one year older.
    GO RO6ER!

  17. Shapo lost tonight but I’m happy with his game. He gave Monfils a run for his money. And ESPN switched from the NK Rublev match citing NK wasn’t trying. If that is true, that’s got to be a first.

  18. Not a fan story but fan comment. I watched the match live from high up in the stands on Ashe and it was great. We were 5 rows from the back but it was still a good view and if anything it was the sound that suffered as you couldn’t hear that involving thwack of the ball. Anyway to Fed. I’ve seen him a few times at W and ATP Finals but never from this birds eye angle and it was incredible looking directly above him how hard and aggressively he hit the ball and how fast he moved, not so much around the court as racket head speed in hitting the ball. It was all over too quick and we were glad to see the doubles added and later Dimitrov in an outside court.

    1. Cool, was the stadium loud? Obviously wasn’t on for you but they say it’s a bit unbearable when the roof is on.

      I imagine it’s quite hard to watch without hearing the ball off the strings. Speaking of sound, its even crazier that Duck Lee can play at the top level without hearing it, very impressive.

    2. Exciting for you, Ian. Yes, some people at IW prefer to sit up high. I have done in the past (not as high as Ashe) and it does give a new perspective.

  19. Rublevs fine form continues.
    This American Open continues to throw up some interesting results.
    Cilic seems to be getting back to form after some very dismal results.
    He has played very well here in the past.Taking out Isner in front of an American crowd is no mean feat.
    As for the big three this will be the first time they have faced strong opposition.
    Some interesting matches today.I expect and hope Fed to win.

  20. You forgot the first step. First the umpire offers one of the players to choose “heads or tails”. What’s the tactic behind this choice?
    If I recall well, Federer always rejects the offer. If the other rejects too, Federer rejects again and then usually the umpire offers again the opponent with no “reject” option 😉
    I think, this is a very strong message – nobody tells me, what I have to do 😉

    1. You don’t remember correctly 😆

      The kid doing the coin toss usually gets to pick who he wants to call. Federer always accepts. I can’t recall him saying, “no you call” to his opponent in any recent matches.

      1. Kids picking was not since 20 years. It’s quite new (or I’m wrong again?) Maybe different on different tournaments? I do recall the umpire to call for choosing and Federer rejecting (kind of politeness, no, you choose, please).
        Some tournaments have an electronic gadget, projecting something like flipper with faces of players, so the kid has only to tip the screen of a tablet or something similar.
        Of course nobody (not only Fed) would protest against kid’s choice).
        You told “in any recent matches”. You maybe right and I maybe write at the same time, but I recall matches from last year and earlier.

  21. Cilic’s Achilles heel has always been double faults at the worst possible times.
    I think Berdych was rather the same from what I remember.
    There was a nice little interchange at the coin toss in the Fed Evans match.
    The ref asked the little boy who he wanted to call and he looked at Dan and then at Fed and said Roger.
    Both Fed and Dan laughed,perhaps the latter thinking he has all the luck,even with this.

  22. Hope Roger continues to play as well today, looking forward
    to the match, but please could someone trip McEnroe up
    can’t stand him so C’mon Fed be good x

  23. Fed wins the toss and will now undoubtedly win😊
    Which wasn’t the point I was making but whatever.
    Yes Elizabeth,agree about McEnroe,such a bore always talking about some match or other he won many years ago.
    I turn the sound off when he is on.

      1. I thought his play was sublime at times.The forehand is back.
        Converted break points.
        So good.Also so ruthless.He and Goffin are friends but that Bagel was cruel.
        Although that weird shadow created problems,but same for them both I guess.

    1. His ego has not deflated one millibar. He was the player I hated the most when I was a kid. He has some sense of humor though and some of his “commissioner of tennis” pieces are quite funny.

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