Guten Tag Fed fans!
Finally, we're underway on the grass in Halle at the Gerry Weber Open and I'm glad that we get to watch tennis on a surface that for once isn't clay. It feels like the clay season drags on forever and the grass is more than a welcome change. Halle looks like such a cool place too and I don't think the TV cameras do it justice, it often looks pitch black on TV but I think watching from the stands would be an experience that you can't get elsewhere. It's a weird shape stadium, the court looks small and it all looks very crammed in and cozy and that's why I like it.
Moving on to todays match we saw Roger take on German Florian Mayer, a tricky first match on grass against a guy who knows how to play on the surface and was coming off a tournament win in the Czech Republic albeit on Clay.
Roger played a pretty good match today, it was steady, he didn't lose serve (saving the 1 break point he faced), hit 11 aces, won 76 per cent of his service points and converted two of his six break points so really a solid performance. Like I said, Mayer is tricky, unorthodox in technique but effective so could have easily taken a set off Roger or even caused on upset so coming through unscathed was a promising start.
There's nothing else to say really, Roger hit some sweet backhands, used his slice effectively and as usual was just that bit too good for his lower ranked opponent. There were a few errors but you're always going to make more of those on grass than other surfaces so I have no complaints.
I'm very happy with the way things went today. I obviously knew playing against Mayer in the first round was going to be tricky, Federer said. He's in the Top 30 and has been to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. And I've played him here on grass before, so I know how tough he can be. But I felt I was focussed, was moving well and bascially, didn't have any letdowns on my serve. I was able to create a few more chances than he did. I'm through with my first victory on grass this year and I hope it's not my last.
Predictions vs. Raonic
Potentially a very tricky match for Roger here against big serving Raonic. It's essential Roger returns well as it's possible Raonic could serve through the court on a quick surface like Halle. I expect to see at least 1 tie break and imagine it will be a very close match. If Roger can get into some rallies I fancy his chances and providing he doesn't lose serve easily (1 break for either player will virtually be set over) then he should prevail.
There's also a possibility of a Fedal final Halle. Nadal won easily today and is clearly in a crazy confident state of mind right now, I think he's going to be tough to beat even on grass and it'd be ideal if Roger could derail him prior to Wimbledon.
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And if you voted yes, which tournament would you make Masters 1000 – Halle or Queens? Which Masters 1000 would you drop? An event on clay? Let me know in the comments below 😀