Back to back wins for the GOAT for the first time in a while as he defeated Florian Mayer 7-6(2), 7-6(1) to book his spot on the Mercedes Cup Semi Finals in Stuttgart. The win also sees Fed move past Ivan Lendl on the Open Era all time match wins list with 1,072 victories with only Jimmy Connors ahead of him on a whopping 1,256 wins.
Next up is Dominic Thiem who's had a stellar year so far making 4 finals and winning 3 titles and will no doubt offer some stern resistance when the two meet tomorrow.
Quick Match Recap
Mayer won the toss, elected to receive and it almost paid off as Roger had to find a peach of a second serve to save break point before holding for 1-0. Mayer then held to 30 and both players began to roll on serve exchanging love holds and from 3-3 to 5-5 only only 3 points were won on the return. With Mayer serving at 5-6 he slipped to 30-40 but Roger shanked a backhand on set point. The German went onto hold and the set went into a tie breaker. Roger got off to the peRFect start going up a mini break with a sweet pass and rolling through the tie break to take it 7-2.
Into set 2 and Mayer was immediately under pressure, having to save 2 break points in order to hold his opening service game. After pulling off the hold the German snatched back momentum to break for a 2-0 lead. Roger was able to respond immediately though, firing off 2 great forehands for 0-30 and although Mayer held a game point after saving break points from 15-40 Roger won 3 points in a row to get back on level terms. Just like the first set both players started to roll through on serve with comfortable holds. At 4-5 Fed fired down a 1 min 8 second hold but Mayer responded in kind to guarantee himself at least another tie break. It looked like he might take it 3 when Roger slipped to 15-40 but he again came up with the goods saving those 2 and a third set point to force another breaker. Again just like the tie break from set 1 Fed got off to a flyer, moving up 6-0 with some crisp hitting before sealing the deal 7-1.
|R. Federer||F. Mayer|
|1st Serve %||62%||65%|
|1st Serve Points Won||43/49 (88%)||37/55 (67%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||15/30 (50%)||17/29 (59%)|
|Break Points Saved||5/6 (83%)||5/6 (83%)|
|Service Games Played||12||12|
|1st Return Points Won||18/55 (33%)||6/49 (12%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||12/29 (41%)||15/30 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||1/6 (17%)||1/6 (17%)|
|Return Games Played||12||12|
|Total Service Points Won||58/79 (73%)||54/84 (64%)|
|Total Return Points Won||30/84 (36%)||21/79 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||88/163 (54%)||75/163 (46%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Decent win here as Roger took things up a notch from yesterday and I thought this was a solid performance. Both guys went for their shots and it was a really fast paced match with some quality shot making from both sides. Fed looked to be in much better touch too hitting some sweet groundstrokes and showing a lot of deft touch when he needed it. The serve was impressive too firing down 15 aces, of course Mayer isn't the best returner, but it definitely proves his serve is right there. He said yesterday in the on court interview the speed was there, it's just about the placement now and he found some line lickers in both breakers to run away with them so after just 2 matches I think he is right where he wants to be.
Other than that not much to say, Fed was 6-0 in the H2H so always had the upper hand but Mayer has made 2 Wimbledon Quarter Finals and knows how to play on the grass and post Australian Open I think this is Roger's best win of the season.
Predictions vs. Thiem
Next up is Dominic Thiem who took out Fed in Rome and will provide another test for the Swiss tomorrow. I watched some of his match against Youzhny earlier today and Youzhny was very much in the match, holding a break point at 5-5 in the decider and then throwing in a poor service game to get broken at 5-6 so I like Fed's chances. He'll need to be wary of Thiems fire power but if he can return well and get the serve forehand combo working well I back him to come through in 2 close sets.
What are your predictions for tomorrow? Fed looks set to be the first semi final of the day as he wants to watch Switzerland at 3pm in their opening Euro 2016 match, the perks of being a tournament cash cow huh 😉