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
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
|Peter Gojowyczk||Roger Federer|
|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)|
|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
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 I’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.