Although my set score prediction wasn't accurate, my straight sets one was and Roger ended up coming through pretty comfortably in the end. Despite a few moments where he lost concentration and dropped serve, this was a solid match from Federer. We might not have seen the ‘Federer Magic' moments like we've come to expect, but in difficult windy conditions he got the job done without too much fuss.
The match started pretty scruffily with Roger getting broken in game 3 after shanking some, what should be regulation forehands, but he soon broke back and then went onto break again in the 10th game to take the set. Monfils played pretty passive really, he has power but seems reluctant to use it, he seems happy to just hit the ball back in play, and when you hit half court balls onto Federers forehand then you're pretty much asking to get beat.
The second set saw Roger get broken again, only to break straight back and then progress into a 4-2 lead after Monfils served up another double fault. He sealed the set without any more trouble. The third was a closer affair, Monfils did well to hold onto his serve after some lengthy games and it did look for one minute that he might take the set, he didn't however and Roger just upped his level in the tie break to complete the win.
What indication does this give us towards the Djokovic Semi final?
In my opionion, not much, the fact the conditions weren't good for high quality tennis, and the fact Monfils really didn't allow Federer to play that well means we're none the wiser to knowing if Federer can end the Djokovic streak. All we know is that he definitely has a good chance and that he's match sharp.
It's often said in tennis that your play mirrors your opponents, and this was the case today, ok so Federer made some loose errors himself, but Monfils gave at least 1 double fault per game, made a billion unforced errors and seemed content to chip the ball over the net rather than hitting through it like he can. This definitely depraved Roger of any rythmn. I was actually disappointed the way Monfils played, he's supposedly a top 10 player, but if anything this just further reinforces the divide between Roger, Rafa + Novak and the rest of the top 10.
Anyway, Thursday is the day I'm looking forward to now. I think the first set will be key and if Federer can win that, then he will probably win the match. I'm going for an optimistic 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6 victory. Here's hoping!