A brisk start to the US Open Series for Roger Federer at La Coupe Rogers as he routined Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 in 53 minutes in the opening match of the day in Montreal.
Fresh off winning a record 8th Wimbledon the Swiss came into the encounter having just celebrated his 36th birthday a day earlier, but there was no hangover as he won 24 of 28 points behind his first serve and fired 26 winners en route to the win. Which also means he's now won 32 consecutive sets since losing to Haas in Stuttgart!
Quick Match Recap
Polansky won the toss and elected to receive. Roger held to 15 for 1-0, and a double fault from Polansky on his opening service point set the tone. The Canadian went on to be broken to love, and Roger consolidated immediately for 3-0.
Polansky got himself on the board in game four, but quick holds from Roger moved him up 5-2, and he broke for the second time to take the set in simple fashion.
Into Set 2 and it was evident Polansky had no ideas on how to handle Federer's offence as he was broken for 2-0. A double break followed that put Roger 4-0 up and although Polansky had two break back points to get one of them back, he couldn't convert. In game six the wild card double faulted twice to help Roger hold a match point, which was saved along with a second to avoid the bagel. However, it made zero difference as the Swiss served it out to 15 to move into the Third Round.
|Peter Polansky||Roger Federer|
|First Serve Percent||42% (19/45)||61% (28/46)|
|1st Serve Points Won||74% (14/19)||86% (24/28)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||27% (7/26)||56% (10/18)|
|Break Points Saved||43% (3/7)||100% (2/2)|
|Service Games Played||7||8|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||14% (4/28)||26% (5/19)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||44% (8/18)||73% (19/26)|
|Break Points Converted||0% (0/2)||57% (4/7)|
|Return Games Played||8||7|
|Net Points Won||100& (1/1)||72% (18/25)|
|Total Service Points Won||47% (21/45)||74% (34/46)|
|Total Return Points Won||26% (12/46)||53% (24/45)|
|Total Points Won||36% (33/91)||64% (58/91)|
Thoughts on the Match
A very routine win here for Roger who looked in relatively good form in his first match back after Wimbledon. Looked to be moving ok, served nicely and volleyed well winning 18 of 25 at the net. All solid numbers but still early days here with a tougher test coming in the shape of Ferrer or Sock in the next round.
Other than that conditions looked quite windy, hard to tell if the court is quick hbut he was solid from the baseline and just had way too much for Polansky who's a bit of a lightweight – no real power to dictate play and his first serve was down at 42% for the match. So as far as tailor made opponents go, he's right up there for an opening match after a family holiday and a Coldplay gig 🙂
Predictions vs. Sock / Ferrer