*GOAT Performance Klaxon* Hugely impressive win here for the Fed-meister as he crushed David Goffin 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just 88 minutes to book his spot in the Australian Open Quarter Finals for the 12th time.
It was an absolute clinic with the first set just taking 21 minutes as Goffin was blown away and the trend continued throughout with Roger rushing the Belgian who had no answers to Federer's 39 winners and 86% of points won behind his first serve. The win sees him setup a tie with Tomas Berdych who defeated Bautista-Agut in 5 sets earlier in the day.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve doing so to love for 1-0. Goffin lost the first point on his serve but held for 1-1. Another love hold for Federer put him 2-1 in front and Goffin was quickly broken to 30. A third love hold in succession consolidated the break for 4-1. The Belgian held for 4-2 but Roger was into the groove on serve, holding to 15 then breaking to take the set 6-2, hitting a ridiculous lob then backhand winner en route to doing so.
Set 2 began with another Federer love hold. Goffin held to 15 for 1-1 but was broken to 30 in his next service game as Roger moved into a 3-1 lead. No let up from the Swiss here as he reeled off the next 3 games to take the set 6-1. Winning absolutely everything – 28 shot rallies, insane lobs, forehand winners moving backwards. Fully in the groove.
Into set 3 and Goffin only had 3 games to show for his efforts and it didn't look like it would improve significantly as he lost serve immediately to drop 2-0 behind. Roger then broke again in game 3 and held for 4-1. Game 5 saw Goffin go for broke on the return and finally found some success recovering one break and holding his next two service games for 4-5 to stay within 1 break of serve. Roger however was still in full flow and kept his foot on the gas, holding to 15 to take it 6-4 in the third.
|Stats||Roger Federer||David Goffin|
|1st serves in||42/67 (63 %)||55/83 (66 %)|
|1st serve points won||36/42 (86 %)||36/55 (65 %)|
|2nd serve points won||16/25 (64 %)||8/28 (29 %)|
|Fastest serve||204 KMH||198 KMH|
|Average 1st serve speed||191 KMH||173 KMH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||168 KMH||145 KMH|
|Net points won||19/22 (86 %)||4/11 (36 %)|
|Break points won||6/13 (46 %)||1/1 (100 %)|
|Receiving points won||39/83 (47 %)||15/67 (22 %)|
|Total points won||91||59|
|Distance Covered (M)||1699.5||1670.2|
|Dist. Covered/Pt. (M)||11.3||11.1|
Thoughts on the Match
Yeah, it was good. Surprised it went as fast as it did. You know, to win the first two sets within 50 minutes is the best thing that can happen out there, especially with a late start and against a quality player. So I was very happy. It was important to keep the momentum going, keep staying aggressive and, you know, trying to get the match done in three. I was able to do that. I was very pleased. There were some great moments in the match which I can take a lot away from. I was happy to, which after the Dimitrov match, which wasn't so straightforward, wasn't so easy, I was able to find an extra gear, I guess.
Absolute masterclass this one and he made Goffin look like a bit of an amateur. The whole match is a highlight reel and when everything clicks for Federer it's just a joy to watch. An ace to start the match set the tone for it and his confidence levels just continued to rise and rise as the match went on – sliced lobs were landing in, he won every virtually every long rally (the longest one 28 shots) and the groundstrokes had a ton of pop of them. There's no real thoughts or breakdown required on it as once Fed taps into the genius things just happen on court that nobody else can do.
As for Goffin he didn't play badly but he has no weapons and no way to physically impose himself on the match. Roger rushed him, winning service games in a matter of seconds which prevented him getting any rhythm from the baseline. With no real way to get free points on his own serve Goffin couldn't find a way to ease the pressure and he lost serve 6 times in 3 sets. What more could he do? Slow it down? Hard to really say, Fed was moving so well and on top of the baseline that it's tough to see what many players out there could do.
Anyway, no more talk required, just enjoy the highlights, too many magic shots to mention and to think some were questioning why they always put Roger on Rod Laver arena 😉
Predictions vs. Berdych
Next up is Berdych who came through a tough five setter with grind merchant Bautista-Agut. I predicted Agut would have a solid Open and he delivered, winning some 5 setters with his relentless ground game but today was one match too far for him.
Berdych has looked good this week, taking out Kyrgios in the round previous in impressive fashion so I think he presents a threat on Tuesday. His record in Australia is solid too and he's played well against Federer here before, taking him to 5 sets in 2009 which is a match he could have won had he shown that bit more resolve. The court obviously suits his game so Roger will need to be in full flight again like today – moving well, not getting pushed around by heavy shots and serving well throughout.
I think Fed can get it done but it could be a tough one. He's handled Berdych easily in recent matches but conditions here are a little different. Maybe the time of day the match is played will make all the difference. I'm hoping for a night match 🙂