Match win nummer zwei in Halle for Roger Federer as he defeated Mischa Zverev 7-6(4), 6-4 to move into Friday's Quarter Finals.
The straight sets victory means Fed has yet to drop a set against the older Zverev in 4 meetings and he'll be facing off against another German tomorrow; in the shape of Florian Mayer whom he leads 7-0 in the H2H.
Quick Match Recap
Zverev won the toss and elected to receive. Federer held to 15, firing down back to back aces for a 1-0 lead. Zverev responded with a love hold, and both players began to roll comfortably through their service games.
At 3-3, adv. Federer, the Swiss called out ‘come on' before the point finished. The umpire called a hindrance and replayed the point, although as per the rules Fed should have lost the point.
With Deuce the closest Zverev could get to breaking, Roger was able to go one better in game 10, as he held three set points but the German was able to hold on, and the set eventually went to a tiebreak.
Into the breaker and Roger fashioned the early mini break thanks to a sweet passing shot. However, he missed a relatively straightforward smash at 3-1 to relinquish his advantage. Zverev then moved 4-3 in front, but Roger was able to reel off the next four points to take the set and put himself in the driving seat.
Set two was much like the first with both guys holding serve routinely. Roger was able to make some inroads creating 0-30 in game three, but neither player lost more than 2 points in a service game until game nine where Roger upped his level to break to fifteen and serve out the match to 30.
|Roger Federer||Mischa Zverev|
|First Serve Percent||53%(35/66)||54%(44/81)|
|1st Serve Points Won||83%(29/35)||75%(33/44)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||68%(21/31)||49%(18/37)|
|Break Points Saved||0%(0/0)||75%(3/4)|
|Service Games Played||11||11|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||25%(11/44)||17%(6/35)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||51%(19/37)||32%(10/31)|
|Break Points Converted||25%(1/4)||0%(0/0)|
|Return Games Played||11||11|
|Net Points Won||82% (18/22)||53% (17/32)|
|Total Service Points Won||76%(50/66)||63%(51/81)|
|Total Return Points Won||37%(30/81)||24%(16/66)|
|Total Points Won||54%(80/147)||46%(67/147)|
Shot of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
Good win here against an in-form player on a surface that suits his game. Mischa has been playing well all year and looked impressive in Stuttgart, so I think Roger winning in straight sets is a solid performance.
It was evenly matched for the most part with Zverev able to do plenty attacking of his own, but Fed just had a few more ways to win points when it came down to the crucial moments.
Still, work to do of course, but it goes without saying it's his best match on the grass of the season so far and it looks like he's making steady improvements match by match based on the three we've seen so far which is good news.
Predictions vs. Mayer
Next up is Florian Mayer who defeated last week's Stuttgart champion Lucas Pouille to keep the hopes of defending his title alive.
Roger has played Mayer seven times, winning all seven and has three straight set wins against the German in Halle and a win last year in Stuttgart, so the odds are firmly in his favour.
Mayer can certainly play on grass though as we saw last year and his funky style upsets the rhythm of plenty players. But Roger has seen so many styles in his career that it doesn't seem to cause him that many problems and I think he'll come through, but I expect a close scoreline (last year was two tie-breaks at the Mercedes Cup) so this one could be a three setter.
What did you guys think of today's match? And any predictions is Mayer? Let me know in the comments.