Roger Federer is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon, chalking up his 350th Grand Slam win in the process, with a comfortable 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over 27th seed Lucas Pouille.
The Swiss also maintained his peRFect Wimbledon last thirty-two record and will make his 17th fourth round appearance on Monday having never lost a third-round match at the All England Club.
He'll next face Matteo Berrettini after the Italian saved three match points before outlasting Diego Schwartzman 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in four hours and twenty minutes.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve. A one-minute special kicked things off with a hold to love for 1-0.
The Swiss then made thirty all on the Pouille serve, but the 27th seed held to level. Roger then held to fifteen and had more inroads in game four at 0-30, but he wasn't able to fashion a breakpoint as Pouille held.
The pair then exchanged back to back holds, but it was the Frenchman who created the first breakpoint of the set in game six after a couple of backhand errors from Federer. The eight-time champion saved it but was in trouble again in game eleven, facing another breakpoint after letting a 40-0 lead slip.
Again he saved it by upping the tempo on his groundstrokes and in game ten he fashioned two break points out of nowhere. Pouille saved the first but a wild forehand landed wide on the second, and Roger had captured the set.
Into set two and after being stunned by a superb forehand on the run, a deflated looking Pouille dropped serve in his opening service game to slip to 0-2.
Roger consolidated for 3-0 and was quickly up a double break to win his sixth game in a row for 4-0. In the next game, a weak volley gave Pouille a chance to recover one of the breaks, and although Roger saved the 30-40 point, he couldn't fend off the second after deuce as Pouille broke for 1-4.
A quick hold meant Roger was soon serving again and he was pegged to deuce from 40-15. Two sharp points steadied the ship, and he soon had a two-set lead in the bag after breaking Pouille for the third time in the set to take it 6-2.
The third set kicked off with a solid hold from Federer, and he quickly had deuce on the Pouille serve, but the Frenchman held.
In game five, Pouille had a look at 15-30, but a serve and forehand combo shut the door. Another 15-30 window came Pouille's way in game seven, but again Roger saw out the game, and it wasn't long before Pouille was serving to stay in the match at 5-6.
In doing so, he had to save a match point after blazing a forehand wide, but he delivered two big serves to hold and force a tie break.
Into the breaker and Federer quickly took charge, dominating with his serve and maintaining his early mini-break for 2-0 to come through it 7-4 thanks to a string of accurate serves.
|L. Pouille||R. Federer|
|First Serve % In||51/105 (49%)||71/102 (70%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||34/51 (67%)||54/71 (76%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||30/54 (56%)||18/31 (58%)|
|Net Points Won||18/32 (56%)||23/32 (72%)|
|Break Points Won||1/4 (25%)||4/9 (44%)|
|Receiving Points Won||30/102 (29%)||41/105 (39%)|
|Total Points Won||94||113|
|Distance Covered||2229.1 m||2165.0 m|
|Distance Covered/pt.||10.8 m||10.5 m|
Thoughts on the Match
It was tough, it was a hard-fought match, especially in that first set, he had a break point at 5-5, it was a tough hold there, then to break tand go on a little run was nice. I think that was key to the match basically, it got me up two sets essentially. In the third it was tough, it was very even, I might have had a few more chances and of course, there's always a relief winning a third set breaker as if it goes the other way you might be out there for another few hours. Federer on his win over Pouille
A solid win here for Roger and his best match of the week in terms of level. The first set was extremely close, and Pouille returned well throughout which gave him some chances.
Federer, on the other hand, returned poorly with his backhand looking sloppy but while Pouille got tight at the end of the set and started to rush points, Roger kept steady and took full advantage.
From there, Roger was able to play better with the lead, and his forehand looked to be in great nick throughout, and that shot made the difference between the pair. Roger's forehand was solid in both attack and defence (hopefully the highlights packages pick out some of those on the run shots he made) whereas Pouille's forehand leaked errors in the crucial moments.
That six-game streak for Roger seemed to derail the Frenchman, and he looked a bit unsure of how to play from thereafter. You'd think his gameplan would be to extend rallies but more often than not he tried to go for the quick winners, and it didn't come off.
Stats wise it all looks sweet for Roger, but it'd be nice to crank up the points won behind the first serve to the 80%+ mark for the second week. The unforced errors column seems rather kind too and while I wasn't counting directly I'm sure he hit more than 14!
From the comments on my previous two match reports, the school of thought has been Fed isn't playing well so far. I was half thinking that too, but after watching today, I get the feeling he's been playing within himself and isn't pushing the envelope when he doesn't need to. We shall soon see if that's the case as the business end of things starts Monday!
Predictions vs. Berrettini
Next up on Manic Monday is Matteo Berrettini after he defeated Diego Schwartzman in five sets in a match that lasted over 4 hours.
The two have never met so he's a bit of an unknown for the Swiss, but he'll have seen him play in Stuttgart and Halle where he made the semifinals before losing to David Goffin.
Berrettini has a big serve which is his primary weapon, but I don't think he's a particularly reliable returner so if Fed serves well I like his chances.
It's about time Fed had a good serving day too as it's not fully clicked so far. He said in Halle he wasn't best pleased with his serving location and I don't think he has hit his spots as well as he'd like this week either. Today's tie break saw it come good under pressure so hopefully, the aces start raining down come Monday 🙂
What did you guys think of the win today? Predictions vs Berrettini? Let me know in the comments.