So Roger got past Monaco in a pretty sloppy encounter, but I guess the real talking point is that it notched up his 800th career victory, pretty awesome achievement and he's followed in the footsteps of some great players including Agassi, Edberg and McEnroe.
The draw has been totally thrown wide open now with Djokovic withdrawing with his dodgy shoulder and Andy Murray going down to Tomas Berdych in a 3 set encounter.
Back to the match today, this was a match where JesusFed went into hiding, and it's kind of lucky that Monaco isn't a great player as Federer wasn't playing great tennis. There were glimpses, but overall there were a few too many errors from his racket today.
In the first set Roger slipped to a 3-1 deficit, but started to find some more rythmn and he peeled off 5 straight games to take the first set. Monaco doesn't play the important points well which definitely helped Roger tonight, whenever the pressure is on he seems to crumble and chuck down double faults.
Second Set – Monaco stays in touch
The second set was a much tighter affair and it wasn't until 5-5 that Roger made the move and broke when Monaco netted a forehand. Roger served out the match pretty comfortably in the end and will now meet Tomas Berdych in the Semi finals after he beat Murray. I missed the match but from the scoreline it looked pretty close. Both players are defensive minded so I'm sure it was just a typical baseline encounter. From what I read Murray was his usual petulant self constantly swearing at himself and no doubt his opponent. What an absolute tool.
Federer vs. Monaco Match Stats
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Net Points Won
Break Points Converted
35 of 43 = 81%
12 of 27 = 44%
17 of 20
3 of 6 = 50%
800th Career Win!
Few too many unforced errors from Federer today I'd say, but 7 aces on the Paris courts is a good serving display, and probably the most telling stat is the 17 of 20 of net points won. Fed is a great volleyer so it makes sense for him to make more appearances at the net, every time I saw him there today he executed a great volley and the drop volley was one of his key shots today.
Predictions vs. Berdych
It's always difficult to make a prediction straight after a match where Roger wasn't at his best. Berdych has had a good run against Roger recently winning 3 of the last 4 matches, so it will likely be close.
I can't really describe how badly I want Federer to win here, Berdych is one of my least liked players on tour, he just adds no value to tennis, his game is based purely on power and there's no style or finesse behind what he does. Nadal showed him up for what he really is in the 2010 Wimbledon final where he gave him a total beat down and I'm surprised he made the World Tour Finals this year. I can't say I'd want to see him play unless I was actively looking to fall asleep.
Roger will have to reduce his UE count thought if he wants to win tomorrow, but I think he will and I go for a 6-4 7-6 victory. Berdych is useless with only 1 hand on the racket on the backhand side, so the slice should help Roger tomorrow.
Do you guys have any predictions?