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Federer Kicks Off Rogers Cup Campaign With Routine Win

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.

Match Stats

  Peter Polansky Roger Federer
Aces 1 5
Double Faults 6 1
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
Winners 6 26
Unforced Errors 12 16
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)
SABR 0 0


Thoughts on the Match

Federer Polansky Montreal 2017

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 πŸ™‚

Predictions vs. Sock / Ferrer

Coming soon.


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  1. very slow surface. the ball bounced as if were on the clay. that means nadal can advance deep (he needs SF to become no1). the main hope is del potro)

    1. Ah were you there live? Is hard to tell on TV, looked windy.

      Del Potro is playing tennis at the same speed he walks in between points, no form at all from him.

  2. Making such entertaining match although overwhelming upper hand is quite impressive – guess he made training/warm up in most possible variations

  3. Coldplay gig? Oh, dear… For a boring time, he might as well watch any Djokovic-Murray match replay. Someone is in need for musical guidance…
    As for the match: I didn’t watch it, but it seems that the highlights are just about all there was to it!..

    1. I want to support for musical guidance. Rui, give suggestions! – As for the highlights that’s too few shown. Roger made many more cheeky ones.

    2. Haha yeah I’m not really a Coldplay fan. The odd song is good as background easy listening but to listen ongoing? Not for me.

      Not even sure what I’d class them as now? Indie when they burst onto the scene, but just gone down the bland dance reinvention. Like that Chainsmokers song – it’s listenable on Spotify when it comes on, but nothing to do with Coldplay really, just a generic dance tune.

      I think they’re just a band you are almost obliged to like? Social setting, someone asks do you like Coldplay, nobody dares say no πŸ˜†

      1. I used to be a coldplay fan like 10 years ago, now for me it’s just like you said, generic dance stuff ?

  4. I’m a little surprised Polansky even made it to break point – did Roger start putting it into the net and doing it to himself? At least Polansky was chasing some balls down in the second set – in the first there seemed to be several balls he didn’t even move for. Kind of a blink and you missed it match.

    1. Can’t remember what happened in that game, was a few unforced errors I think.

      He had no idea where Fed was going most of the time, just a bystander at the back of the court. The interview Susie posted below is good, like he said he’s used to playing grinders week in week out where you can hit 10 balls then actually start the point. Here he got 1 shot to make an impact.

      Guess it’s like anything if you never face that style then very hard to get to grips with in such a short match. Remember when I went on a bowling machine once and cranked it up over 80mph, don’t think I saw the first 6 balls, but after a while it got much easier to face.

  5. Bearderer on a rollerer. Gear lookin good. Wonder if Shapovalov will take out Nadal? Gretzky turning into a groupie?

  6. Roger played very well for a first match on hard coming off a nice break after 19th slam. Should be routine against Ferrer, but should be a better match than the Polansky practice. Roger has a good draw to make the finals without any hiccups. Would be awesome if he can keep winning and beating Nadal every time they play from now on. πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah I can’t see Ferrer posing too many problems, had to grind it out vs. Sock and not really the player he was. Although he’s definitely picked up a bit in recent weeks. Looks like a guy who needs to practice v. hard to keep his level high and injuries derailed that.

      1. Ferrer is an interesting case, possibly one of the best players who never won a major. Not that his game is that appealing, but he is a persistent fighter who always gives his best (which just hasn’t been enough to reach the top). I also like his low profile posture and attitude on court; I never saw him moaning or performing jungle acts or whatever…
        What’s more, he just about my height (but twice the width)

  7. Hey guys, Roger looking very good in baby pink. But just like I said to Jon and Dippy… he looks a bit chubby. Chocolate tummy πŸ™‚ But you earned it Goat. 2 GS this year…. you are allowed to go on a eating role.
    Just… make sure to win this thing and beat Rafa on the way πŸ™‚

    And his so called beard…. hmm…. jury not out on that one… have to see it a few times to say if it works or not πŸ™‚

  8. The Canadian guy got Polansked totally.
    Soon a Spaniard is gonna get Ferrerred.
    As for the other Spaniard, I hope Fed doesn’t get to meet him. Not that Fed won’t whup him but do not want Rafa to reach the semis itself and take the No 1 ranking. Somehow it looks so ridiculous that a player who has won one GS and lost three times to the player who has won 2 GS in the year gets to No 1.

    Doesn’t deserve it at all.

    1. Nadal has been the second best player of the year though, and best on clay. So not a fluke if he gets it. Fed did skip the clay season, so can’t have too many complaints. Nobody else in the running other than those two.

    2. The thing is, I’m not sure I agree with that argument. For years, we’ve gone back on the H2H argument by saying Fed plays Nadal too much on clay, and berated Nadal because he was never good enough to get to latter stages on other surfaces.

      The reality of it is, Fed has posted the best level this year, because he’s won 2 majors. But he chose to skip the clay season. It’s not like clay doesn’t exist – if Nadal accrues a lot of points there, you could say Federer has failed to turn up, the same as if he were injured. I guess my point is, there’s not a whole lot of difference between 2 major wins and 1 major win/1 major final – and the H2H is working for Fed because this time around he’s failed to advance far enough on clay to meet/lose to Nadal. Ultimately, I think the system rarely lies – people should be rewarded for (a) being fit enough or bothered enough to turn up at big tournaments and (b) reaching finals and latter stages despite not winning. Nadal has been the most consistent so far, and he’d deserve the ranking. I also think he will get it – but not for long.

  9. Good start a few a few weeks break, hard to tell if the surface is slow or medium pace. Conditions are a tad tricky though. Cmon Roger… lets do this!!

  10. This is also needed you guys… kind of a grind fest… not playing that well, in the beginning nothing seems to work, not feeling it, opponent making you work really hard for it….these kind of matches is what Roger needs, especially if he will face someone like Rafa….. He had to work for it and he had to find a way…. and he did πŸ™‚ Go Goat πŸ™‚

    Wayyyyyyy after Roger, I have 3 favourites. Berdych, Ferrer and Goffin. I soooo hope David Ferrer will one day win a GS. He would totally totally deserve it….. but NOT when Roger is on the other side of the net ofcourse πŸ™‚

  11. Federer looked a bit out of sorts in the first set and a half but picked it up. Ferrer was playing decently too and Fed was missing a lot of routine shots and tossed in a few double faults too.
    Have to hand it to Shapovalov though, he survived a 12 deuce game in the 3rd set which is hard to do against Nadal. Just crushed forehands.

    It’s funny in a way to see Nadal have trouble against (real) lefties…he reverts to cross court forehands, but they were going right to Shap’s strength.

    Pretty good backhand too. If he learns to volley he could be quite good…

    1. That’s impressive from Shapo, didn’t expect him to back up the Del Po win.

      Doesn’t Nadal have a ridiculous record vs lefties though? Not sure he struggles.

  12. I didn’t see the Nadal match (too late) but from what I read : “Chapeau”-valov !

    As for Fed against Ferrer, I found that Fed didn’t come that much to the net yesterday – so as to conclude points more rapidly. Is that because he somewhat feared Ferer’s precise passing shots or because he wanted to ‘test’ himself with longer rallies (thinking about future battles at the USO or even before) ? Or is it just simply because Ferrer’s game plan was better during the first 2 sets ? What do you think ?

    1. I think that would be an overanalysis. From what I saw, Federer simply didn’t turn up hitting the ball too well or too cleanly. Ferrer was returning well, so he forced a lot of shots with good depth, and that frustrated Federer, whose footwork was just a little off and was late to play a lot of shots. Later in the match, Fed found himself again (although he was still playing poorly and missing a lot), but discovered that Ferrer was retrieving incredibly well. I think Fed just got frustrated at slower conditions and how he wasn’t really making headway with 1-2 good shots, and had to hit more in a rally.

      I remember one particular game where he went for and missed the backhand down the line 3 times straight. Not crafted points, no space to hit in; he just stubbornly kept taking low percentage shots on. Just a bad day at the office, coupled with Roger losing his head just a little bit.

      1. To clarify, I think he realised he was gonna have to come forward because conditions weren’t playing fast enough and Ferrer wasn’t offering him much. Initially, I doubt it was in his mind, because he was simply under fire for the first few games.

      2. There’s zero chance he wanted to test himself with some longer rallies against Ferrer, this isn’t practice πŸ˜† it’s third round of a big event.

        Conditions aren’t slow though by the looks of what Fed is saying. I had a feeling the court was going to be quick like Toronto last year, he says the same.

  13. Oke Roger…. don’t take the remaining guys too lightly…. as you can see with Rafa…. they have nothing to lose and they can play more freely…. I think this is now your tour/title to lose….

    Come on Roger….

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