A short shift in Shanghai for the GOAT as he dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2 to move into the Quarter Finals. The Swiss served at 80% for the match and faced just one break point when serving for the first set en route to victory in only 1 hour.
With Nadal setting down a nice marker earlier in the day by crushing Fognini, Roger responded in kind as he played super aggressive throughout, taking the ball early and giving a guy who's known for rushing his opponents absolutely no time on the ball with only seven points going over nine shots in the entire match.
Quick Match Recap
Dolgopolov won the toss and elected to serve. Roger started with a dream of a return for 0-15 and that set the tone as he broke to 30. A hold to 15 put him 2-0, and by the time Roger held for 3-1 we'd had four games in just 9 minutes.
At 0-15 in game six Roger played a sublime point to avoid any danger, and after holding for 4-2, he fired down a 47-second love hold for 5-3. Dolgo then held for 4-5 and was able to create his first break point chance with a nice pass, but three big serves bagged Fed the set in just 27 minutes.
Into set 2 and a backhand volley from the baseline helped Roger make deuce en route to holding break point but Dolgo held for 1-0. The pair then exchanged holds for 2-2 but the Swiss broke through with some more aggressive play to lead 3-2. The break was then consolidated for 4-2 and after a 19-point game he broke again thanks to a sick backhand return for a 5-2 lead. Serving it out was no issue and he did so to 15 to move into the Quarter Finals.
|Alexandr Dolgopolov||Roger Federer|
|First Serve Percent||62%||80%|
|1st Serve Points Won||27/42 (64%)||29/37 (78%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||12/26 (46%)||8/9 (89%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/7 (57%)||1/1 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||9||9|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||8/37 (22%)||15/42 (36%)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||1/9 (11%)||14/26 (54%)|
|Break Points Converted||0/1 (0%)||3/7 (43%)|
|Return Games Played||9||9|
|Total Service Points Won||39/68 (57%)||37/46 (80%)|
|Total Return Points Won||9/46 (20%)||29/68 (43%)|
|Total Points Won||48||66|
Shot of the Match
Thoughts on the Match
I felt good in the first match, I must tell you. So I felt, I think, the same. I think maybe the matchup was maybe a bit easier and I took my chances more. Had a better ratio of winning on the break points that I didn't quite have against Schwartzman. That's maybe the biggest difference of both matches, so I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points.
A stylish performance here from Roger that was just plain fun to watch. Fast, attacking, all-court tennis that the crowd can't help but enjoy. Dolgo played his part too with his flashy shotmaking, but Roger was just a step ahead of him the whole time, taking the ball super early and rolling through his service games dropping only nine points on it in the entire match.
I thought after getting into a bit of a dogfight with Schwartzman we might see some signs of tiredness today given he's been out the loop for a bit but there were zero signs of that as he moved great, hitting a string of peRFect inside-out forehands that need decent footwork to pull off.
So a pretty much peRFect performance, he obviously likes the matchup vs Dolgo but in terms of execution, this was high-end tennis, not the mid-tier garbage we saw at the US Open 🙂
Predictions vs. Gasquet
Next up is Dickie Gasquet after he beat fellow countryman Gilles Simon in three sets in a typical topsy-turvy affair. Gasquet was well on course for victory when he went up a break in the second but lost the set and went down a break in the third before coming back to take it 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3.
Roger leads the H2H 15-2, and if he plays anywhere near like today, it's a foregone conclusion. Gasquet's not in any form at this level, has a terrible forehand and doesn't have the game to beat Roger. If he was high on confidence and had a great year, it could have been close, but he hasn't won a title this year on tour and had to drop down to a Challenger level a few weeks ago where he beat Florian Mayer in the Szczecin Open final. I'll pick Fed in straight sets.