Roger Federer's into yet another Halle Semi Final after defeating David Goffin 6-1, 7-6(10) in 81 minutes at the Gerry Weber Open. The win sees him set up a tie against Alexender Zverev in Saturday's semi final where the Swiss will be aiming to make an 11th final in North Rhine Westalphia.
Federer hasn't looked his fluent best so far this week on the grass but he raced through the first set in just 21 minutes and saved 4 sets points in the second set to win through in a close tie break which to record his 29th win in a row against Belgian opposition.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. The decision paid off as Goffin was broken to 15 and after consolidating to love Roger broke again for 3-0. The Belgian recovered one of the breaks after a loose Federer service game but Roger soon restored his advantage sweeping the set 6-1 in just 20 minutes.
After being blown off court in set one Goffin dug in to hold his first service game at the start of the second. At 2-2 Goffin broke to lead 3-2 but couldn't consolidate as Federer levelled for 3-3. The Belgian however broke again to lead 5-4 but after holding a game point fired down back to back double faults when serving for the set to drop serve. Roger then held serve for 6-5 and held 2 match points which Goffin saved to force a tie break.
Into the breaker and it was Goffin who got off to the better start, moving up a mini break and establishing a 5-2 lead. Roger hit back though, saving set points at 4-6, 5-6, and 6-7. The Swiss then held match point at 8-7 but Goffin came up with a pass to level and saved a second when behind 8-9. Roger saved a third set point at 10-9 winning both his service points for an 11-10 lead and when Goffin went long off a backhand he sealed it 12-10.
|R. Federer||D. Goffin|
|1st Serve %||68%||59%|
|1st Serve Points Won||28/36 (78%)||26/46 (57%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||7/17 (41%)||12/32 (38%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/3 (0%)||8/14 (57%)|
|Service Games Played||9||10|
|1st Return Points Won||20/46 (43%)||8/36 (22%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||20/32 (63%)||10/17 (59%)|
|Break Points Won||6/14 (43%)||3/3 (100%)|
|Return Games Played||10||9|
|Net Points Won||7/12||5/12|
|Total Service Points Won||35/53 (66%)||38/78 (49%)|
|Total Return Points Won||40/78 (51%)||18/53 (34%)|
|Total Points Won||75/131 (57%)||56/131 (43%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Decent win here for Roger and he looked to be in much better form than his first 2 rounds in Halle. His movement was noticably better and he won quite a lot of points thanks to his defence which is good to see. Still not what you would call sharp in terms of point construction and anticipation but he covered the court well throughout. Goffin's ball doesn't have much weight on it either so Roger was able to force the issue at will and that certainly helped when things got close in the second set. We haven't seen Federer come to the net much this week but I'm guessing that's primarily because of the back; serving and volleying is tough on the body (just look at Becker) and on the volleys he has hit he's looked a little bit upright. But 3 wins so far this week and all steps in the right direction ahead of Wimbledon and the latter part of the season.
As for Goffin, he didn't have chance to settle in the first set but in the second he found some rhythm and had multiple chances to win it; but he wobbled and his first serve deserted him when he needed it most. Not a bad result for him making the Quarters though in his first grass outing after playing a long clay stretch. He slips to 5-0 in the H2H against Fed
Predictions vs. Zverev
Next up is the highest ranked teenager in the world Alexander Zverev who defeated Bagdhatis in 2 sets. Impressive win for the German as Bagdhatis has shown some good form this week. Roger leads the H2H 1-0 after winning in Rome last month in fairly comfortable fashion. If a sub par Roger can handle Zverev on clay then I like his chances on grass. Zverev has some good firepower so he won't have it all his own way from the baseline as he did against Goffin but I'll pick Fed to get it done in 2 tight sets.
What did you guys make of today's win? Let me know in the comments.