ATP Masters 1000Indian WellsRoger Federer

Federer Kicks Off Indian Wells Campaign With Straight Sets Victory

The Swiss defeated Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in 1 hour and 17 minutes

Roger Federer is into the third round at the BNP Paribas Open after defeating German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in front of a packed crowd that included former world No. 1 Pete Sampras, Iron Mike Tyson and the full Federer clan with both sets of twins in the house.

The 4th seed and five-time Indian Wells champion is bidding to make his fifth consecutive final at the Tennis Garden and moved through in just 77 minutes to set up a clash with Stan The Man Wawrinka after his fellow Swiss saw off Marton Fucsovics in three sets.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Gojowyczk Indian Wells 19

Gojowczyk won the toss and elected to receive. Roger stepped up and held to love for 1-0, hitting crisply from the get-go.

A nice half volley pickup gave Roger the first point on the return and he soon held his first break point after the German had double-faulted 40-30. Gojowczyk saved it, and a further two but Roger converted the fourth to lead 2-0.

A hold to fifteen then put Roger up 3-0 and Gojowczyk was struggling to win points, slipping down a double break for 4-0.

A love hold put the Swiss up 5-0 and although Gojowczyk avoided the bagel he was blown away 6-1 with Roger’s crisp ball striking that fired 12 winners and won  45 points to Gojowczyk’s 15.

Into set two and it looked as though the German’s misery was about to continue as he slipped down to 15-40, a double fault again not helping matters. However, he saved both of them and a further two in a game that featured seven deuces.

That breathed some life into the Gojowczyk game and with Roger naturally disappointed not to break, he fired down back to back double faults which saw Gojowczyk hold two break points.

Roger saved both of them to hold but in his next service game at 1-2, Gojowczyk got the break to lead 3-1.

However, the Swiss wasn’t rattled and he recovered it instantly then levelled at 3-3.  Two break points then came his way in game seven but Gojowczyk produced some hard flat hitting to lead 4-3.

Roger then found himself in big trouble as he slipped to 0-40. Somehow he saved all three to make deuce, then saved a fourth before holding for 4-4.

The pair then traded holds but in game eleven Roger got the all-important break after Gojowczyk double-faulted on break point. He then served it out to 15 to move into Round 3

Match Stats

  Peter Gojowyczk Roger Federer
Aces 6 2
Double Faults 6 6
1st Serve 54% (42/78) 55% (32/58)
1st Serve Points Won 64% (27/42) 81% (26/32)
2nd Serve Points Won 39% (14/36) 58% (15/26)
Break Points Saved 71% (10/14) 86% (6/7)
Service Games Played 9 10
1st Return Points Won 19% (6/32) 36% (15/42)
2nd Return Points Won 42% (11/26) 61% (22/36)
Break Points Won 14% (1/7) 29% (4/14)
Winners 17 24
Unforced Errors 29 18
Net Points Won 80% (8/10) 68% (15/22)
Return Games Played 10 9
Total Service Points Won 53% (41/78) 71% (41/58)
Total Return Points Won 29% (17/58) 47% (37/78)
Total Points Won 43% (58/136) 57% (78/136)

Shot of the Match

Post Match Interview

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Gojo IW 2019

I think fighting in the second set trying to withstand his shot making. He was really going for big shots and I think I was making the plays in the first set, and he was doing a really good job in the second set. And he started to serve better. Maybe I was just a little more consistent in the end. I had a little more variation. It was certainly a tough win and Iโ€™m happy I avoided the tiebreaker.

A solid start here from the Swiss maestro and the first set was hugely impressive. Roger looked to be extremely comfortable with conditions and the ball Gojowczyk was producing from the word go, taking the ball super early which caused the German a lot of problems.

Gojowczyk’s cause wasn’t helped by him only serving at 37% in the first set but Roger put him under constant pressure and looked to have the ball on a string as he fired 12 winners to just 7 errors.

Gojowczyk’s game style is a flat hitter who goes for his shots so that means things can quickly spiral out of control. However, it was that game style that helped him make it competitive in the second set as he was able to build momentum to get on a roll.

Roger’s level dropped slightly, especially on serve where he hit 4 double faults but Gojowczyk started to hit big off both wings to get the break. Fortunately, he couldn’t consolidate and the Swiss withstood more heavy hitting before finally taking full advantage of an ill-timed Gojowczyk double-fault on break point to win through.

Predictions vs. Wawrinka

Next up is Stan Wawrinka who defeat Marton Fuscovics in a 3 hour and 24-minute tussle under the lights. That’s Stan’s second match in a row that has gone the distance and he’s had to dig deep in both those to come through.

This could be a factor when the two meet on Tuesday as Roger breezed through in just over an hour whereas Stan has spent 5 hours on court now.

Roger dominates the H2H and has a solid record against his fellow Swiss here in Indian Wells so I expect him to come through. If he strikes the ball as early as he did in the first set against Gojowyzck then Stan will struggle to enforce his game in the rallies. I am nterested to see if it’s a day or night match once the schedule comes out…

What were your thoughts on the match? Surprised by the all-white outfit? I certainly was. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


Editor of Perfect Tennis and a big fan of Roger Federer, I've spent countless hours watching and analysing his matches. Alongside playing the sport, I also enjoy writing about the tour, rackets, strings, and the technicalities of the game. Whether it's breaking down the latest tournament results or discussing the latest gear innovations, I'm always eager to share my insights with fellow tennis enthusiasts.

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  1. Good first match. Hope the serve stats improve each match. Having faced 7 bp’s against an average player is not good and his bp conversion needs to improve a lot to win against Stan as well.

      1. Quite. Was the sun really setting? I thought it was maybe 1-2 pm when they were playing? Or are there mountains in the way so the sun “sets” earlier?

  2. Thanks for that quick recap Jonathan.
    It was like two different matches the 1st and 2nd sets. But in the end Roger came in solid as a rock just when it was necessary.
    Wonโ€™t be easy next match regardless itโ€™s Wawtinka or Fucsovics but Roger is full of energy and remains cool at the right moments. So spirits high as usual!

      1. He looks best in (nearly) all. I was surprised too, spoke out loudly “WHAT?” to the empty room. My eyes had a bit to get used to the dazzling white. Maybe Gojowczyk was dazzled too in 1. set! I like it of course, dazzling day-wear!

  3. Solid match from Fed. He never felt like he was at risk of losing. Hopefully gives him good prep for the next match. Figure he should have a lot of confidence after Dubai and the opening of the draw a bit.

  4. Agree about it seeming like 2 matches. Roger seems to be moving well, his range is decent – better than Gojowycz who had several shots that would have been clean winners if theyโ€™d been in the corner instead of just long. Saw somebody say they thought both guys were having a hard time with serving at one end where the setting sun may have been causing some visibility issues. On the whole a decent start, agree he needs to improve, we know heโ€™s got more gears here.

    Thought it was a bit silly to bring up the 100 titles on court again. Time to leave it.

    Whatโ€™s with the all-whites? Makes me want to cry when I think how fabulous Roger would look in Rafaโ€™s kit – ann actual outfit for once.

    1. I’m not a fan of Nadal’s outfit at all. I’d stick with the white for sure. I like the fact Roger is symbolising the privileged patriarchy with his outfit and making a stand ๐Ÿ˜†

      1. No, although I liked the colour I thought Rafa’s AO outfit was awful: that detail on the armhole made it look scalloped and rather girly, which I don’t think was the idea!

  5. I watched most of the match, admiring hugely 1. set, but seeming unlike most of you here got a bit nervous in 2. –
    The german broke here, and had lots of breakpoints, and (as him) Fed had lots of DF’s. I wonder if a wrist issue might be slightly at hand? I hope not. Next is Stan. What do you think of this, Jon, and you other people?

  6. I think Stan will feel the wear of the last two matches. Fed should be more rested and prevail in two sets. Fed’s confidence should not be shaken (or stirred) by Stan the Man.

    1. Wawrinka is capable of beating anyone on this planet when his game is at 100%. It doesn’t happen very frequently, though…

      1. Oh yeah, the WTF match. Great. Absolutely ๐Ÿ˜‰

        BTW, is it just my computer, or are the various posts out of alignment on here today? Not to mention the font being a lot larger than usual.

  7. Thought it was already in Wimbledon? Wrong about the colour, weren’t we! He always looks great in white though.
    It was great first match thanks to another FUN 2nd set! (What was that about sudden drop of the level of serve?) Anyway thanks for the super quick recap, Jonathan.
    Imagine Sue’s jaw drops on to her lap looking at dazzling Rog in bright white ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Thanks for posting that Wanda,some of those shots were awe inspiring.At times Fed is a magician with a
      racket instead of wand?

    2. Nice, hope it doesn’t get removed again. The ATP is on a right mission, the main GIF maker on Twitter seems to have been stopped in his tracks.

  8. The swiss match again..ready your chocolate for this fun ride.

    Stan was always a danger coz he got solid game and roger has this mood swings..

    Not favor of white coz we have wimbledon for that…he looks good but i want him in some color in the desert. Like mustard yellow or any bright colors…

  9. The first set was fun with variety of Fed strokes, but the second was a bit of a walk-about. He won’t get away with that with other players. But we should be happy to see his fighting break back spirit has returned. The white was alright (sort of) but would prefer something more modern like he wears off court. I liked Nishikori’s Uniqlo outfit but maybe it wouldn’t suit Fed. Also liked Rafa’s pink sleeveless top edged with red – on Rafa.

  10. A solid start to the tournament from Fed.An awesome first set but helped in his second set walkabout,loss of concentration,whatever it is,by his opponents errors.He was lucky I felt not to get broken in that game when he was love 40 down.He then played some excellent tennis to dig himself out of a self made hole.
    I actually wasn’t all that keen on the Daz white outfit.I felt he looked really good in the very dark blue,like a lean and hungry panther,that suits his on court personna.
    AS for the Stan matchup I think Fed will come through,perhaps in three.I have seen them play live twice and Fed is simply
    the better player.Also I don’t think Stan is back yet to his pre-operation form.
    Also it was nice to see Feds whole family there.

      1. Always seemed to have tougher draws than virtually anyone on the circuit since he came back. Remember that tournament, don’t remember which it was, when Muzza got the only player ranked lower than himself, and Stan got someone high-ranked, yet again? (Actually, was it this year’s AO?)

  11. The court looks quite slow, maybe the ball travels in the air quicker, but watching this compared to Dubai two weeks ago is quite a shift. It will be hard to just hit winners through the court. There’s a reason why Wawrinka got to the finals in 2017 (vs Federer) , the slower conditions help him prepare for the big shots (also helps Del Potro with his big forehand windups). Hope the weather had something to do with it.
    They put Federer on for a day match because it was a Sunday afternoon, but I would guess all the other FEderer matches will be night ones from now on…

      1. 6 pm. Bencic is scheduled at the same time, which will leave the Swiss press, if not the Swiss fans, in something of a pickle …

  12. A good start to IW, with a solid straight sets win. What a pleasant change up with all white SW19 kit. His off court clothes are much better than his on-court kit. What is Uniqlo attempting to do with our Roger, he is probably easiest guy to dress than Djoker.

    Stay focus Roger, need you to go deep at IW.

  13. What the fuss about ousting Kermode? Novak looks like completely ignored the views of Rafa and Roger. Now this might affect the Tour Finals venue. Djokovic from long saying about moving them out of London.

    1. I dunno the ins and outs of it. I think some wanted Kermode out, others wanted him to stay, and not everyone was consulted about it.

      I dunno what the pros and cons of ousting him are meant to be.

    1. Yes ,my goodness a rather humiliating defeat,what the hell is Lendel doing.Sachas game seems to have gone downhill since he became coach.
      Yes Djokers draw now has become very pleasant indeed.

    1. The weather has been cold. Last night watched Felix. What a match. He came back from 1-5 to force a tiebreaker. Saw some of Bryon bros then headed out . Like USO they put William sisters on one every match. Now Djoker on so Fed match might be later than 6pm. Today is warmer and sunny but one forecast said rain at 7pm.

  14. I love Roger in all colours but the pure white outfit mixed with his suntan ๐Ÿ™‚ contrast on the coloured court = great pictures. The IW17 zebra green/black shorts and the Cinci 2015 pink are some of my favourite.

    I appreciated his forehand in his first IW match – full power !

    I hope the Stan match will be a good one… but in the middle of the night for me… not sure to be awake !

    An interesting programme here below if you understand French -> especially from 15’37 to 38’00.

    Benoรฎt Maylin (tennis commentator on Eurosport France) and Cedric Pioline (former player and former manager of the Bercy tournament) talk about the C. Kermode departure from the ATP, the organization of tennis in this context, etc.

    Go Roger !!! #Believe101…
    Sue : please wave hello to him for me !

  15. Solid opener. So many DFs by everyone. There were 96 over 15 menโ€™s matches that day. Conditions are clearly tricky with either sun or wind or both!

    Night match next v Stan. Letโ€™s go. Expecting a fight but Fed thru please

  16. Just watched(if you can call it that on my I pad) the Shapavalov v Cilic match.Have to say that Shapo has had a hair wearing his cap the right way round and no longer has that stupid label hanging down.So I can confidently
    Predict he will win the next 20 grand slams.Actually he did play rather well.

  17. Congratulations to Kohlshrieber,first Kyrgios,now Djoker.Love his elegant style of play.Deserves to be the finalist that side of the draw,but Thiem and Karlovic both playing well also.

    1. Yeah nice win for Kohli, such a bad record vs Djoker so to finally get the W is sweet. Monf next for him, another one-sided H2H that he has to try flip.

  18. And as you prob all know by now, Fed won vs Wav (during my sleep). 2 good news and matches to replay tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š Good night/morning to all

  19. Just got back from the tennis garden. Had a full day . Rig beat Stan with not much effort. Saw Kohl beat Djoker ๐Ÿ˜† . And watched Benicia win over Osaka. Shapovalov over Cilic. Small bit of Nadal, Canadian player Andrescu Kyle Edmonds. Time for a beer.

    1. Enjoyed watching an hour porn in the garden? Glad you had a full fab day with your nails intact ๐Ÿ™‚ Time to write fan story!

  20. Perhaps the draw opening up for Djokovic didn’t work in his favour. Maybe he got a bit casual ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Quite possible,but you would imagine losing that first set would have focussed his attention.
      Still,who cares,he’s out๐Ÿ˜Š

  21. Elegant play and dance from Roger. No fans’ heart attack-danger, no “Cum Jetze” – well no big drama, just elegance. Even his outfit looked elegant this night, the collar nearly ok. Can’t have been very tiring for him, maybe as effortless as it looked? Well perhaps not quite, Stanimal showing teeth now’n then?

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