ATP Masters 1000Indian WellsRoger Federer

Federer Overwhelms Edmund at BNP Paribas Open

The Swiss breezed past the British number one 6-1, 6-4.

Roger Federer is into his 13th Indian Wells quarter-final making serene progress with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kyle Edmund in 1 hour and 3 minutes.

The Swiss took advantage of a nervy start from the 23rd seed breaking twice in the opening set to assume full control and he never looked back. The Brit missing three chances to get back on serve proving the deciding moment and he was unable to convert on any of his seven break points during the match.

The win sees Roger set up another first-time encounter with Hubert Hurkacz in Friday's quarter final.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Indian Wells 4R 2019

Federer won the toss and chose sides. Edmund chose to receive and Roger held comfortably to fifteen for 1-0.

It was important for the Brit to get off to a solid start but back to back double faults then an unforced error gave Roger 0-40. Kedders saved two of them but a big inside out forehand gave Roger the break.

The Swiss then slipped to 0-30 after Edmund fired off a 95 mph forehand and last weeks Indian Wells Challenger winner had an immediate chance to break back at 30-40. Roger saved it but had to save two more before finally consolidating for 3-0.

With Edmund no doubt ruing some of his shot choices on the three break points he was soon down a double break at 0-4 and Roger breezed to 5-0 with a love hold.

The British Number 1 finally got himself on the board with a hold for 1-5 but Roger was cruising, holding to 30 to take the opener 6-1 firing 13 winners.

Edmund, on the other hand, had only won 8 points on serve and hit three double faults in a set he'll want to forget.

Into set two and Edmund kicked off with a morale-boosting hold for 1-0 but couldn't make any inroads on the return as Roger quickly levelled at one game apiece.

A love hold then put Edmund up 2-1 and he'd finally started to find a bit of consistency from the baseline but in game five he faltered, slipping to 15-40 when Roger used the slice then injected pace on the forehand before breaking for 3-2.

A slick drop shot helped the Swiss hold to love for 4-2 but in game eight he found himself under pressure facing a breakpoint at 30-40 after Edmund went big down the line with a backhand. Roger saved it and held for 5-3.

Edmund then held to force Roger to serve it out and had multiple chances to get back on serve, setting up two break points at 15-40. Roger erased them with a big first serve and a smart second serve. Kyle then had a third chance to restore parity but couldn't take it and Roger sealed it 6-4.

Match Stats

Match Statistics Kyle Edmund Roger Federer
Aces 4 6
Double Faults 3 0
1st Serve 56% (24/43) 66% (43/65)
1st Serve Points Won 58% (14/24) 79% (34/43)
2nd Serve Points Won 58% (11/19) 50% (11/22)
Break Points Saved 57% (4/7) 100% (7/7)
Service Games Played 8 9
1st Return Points Won 21% (9/43) 42% (10/24)
2nd Return Points Won 50% (11/22) 42% (8/19)
Break Points Won 0% (0/7) 43% (3/7)
Return Games Played 9 8
Winners 14 21
Unforced Errors 20 17
Net Points Won 60% (3/5) 62% (13/21)
Total Service Points Won 58% (25/43) 69% (45/65)
Total Return Points Won 31% (20/65) 42% (18/43)
Total Points Won 42% (45/108) 58% (63/108)


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Thoughts on the Match

Fedmund Indian Wells 2019

He didn't have the best start, so that cost him the first set. The second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going. Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball is sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing. Being able to belt the ball like he does need either a good start or good conditions, and he didn't quite find that. I'm sure I profited a little bit from it, but again, I was able to keep him uncomfortable throughout the match. He's got everything in the game. It's just a matter of keeping improving, keep plugging away, and then he will make big results again. He knows that.

Another slick performance here from Roger who was able to dictate play from the outset and freewheel through the match with the peRFect blend of well-struck groundstrokes, variety and moving forward when he had the chance.

It's always interesting to see Roger play guys for the first time as you just know his opponents have never faced the type of tennis that he produces. Federer's unique game style combined with his achievements often causes opponents he has never played before struggle in the first few games. That was certainly the case today as Edmund looked way off the pace early doors and Roger was just one step ahead of him.

The Brit got off to a disaster start on serve with two double faults and before his legs had even started working he was down 5-0.

It's a long way back from there in the best of three format and I'm pretty sure he will walk off the court feeling like he was only out there for 10 minutes as everything happened so fast.

To his credit, he did step it up in the second set and will feel like he should have got the ball in play on some of the breakpoints (0/7) but ultimately Roger was too good on the big points and cruised through into the Quarters.

Other than that, great gameplan and his execution has been spot on so far this week. A couple of loose moments on serve and 7 break points looks a lot but you never felt like he was in too much trouble and I enjoyed his forehand tonight. Especially moving forward when he'd mixed up the pace and caused Edmund to mistime it so he could pounce on the half court ball and come in behind it.

Predictions vs. Hurkacz

Fed Hurkacz

Next up is another man Feder's hasn't played before, Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole has been on a great run this week defeating Pouille, Nishikori and Shapovalov to make the Quarter Finals.

Up until last week I'd never seen him play but I caught some of his victory against Nishikori in Dubai and he was very solid. A Big serve paired with accurate groundstrokes are the foundations of his game and he looks to be a decent mover for a tall guy.

Not much variety which is standard fare for most players coming through but he will make a lot of balls. Is that enough to trouble Fed?

Doubtful as Roger has looked ultra offensive this week so if he takes the game to Hurkacz I think he'll cause him too many problems.

His return doesn't look that dangerous either but even though Roger practiced with him last year in Shanghai he's a bit of an unknown quantity so we shall see.

What were thoughts on the Fedmund match? Predictions against Hurkacz? Let me know in the comments.


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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    1. Very impressive, I thought. This is as good as Fed has looked in about a full year in my opinion, he looks properly dangerous and defensively in particular if very fluid. Nice to see him come up big in the clutch points too.

  1. Played great in the first. Had a few hiccups in the second mostly due to Kyle playing better but also due to some nervous play by Roger. Another new one to figure out and beat for Roger on Friday to set up the date with Nadal. Too many BPs faced today and lucky not to be broken in the match. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we can watch Roger beat up Nadal again and win a 1000 after a long break of 2 years? Allez Roger!!! Bring it home.

  2. FELT like 1st serves were way down, but from the stats I guess it was only slightly. Anticipation seeming sometimes a bit off could be down to an unfamiliar opponent. Some fun shots & good court coverage from both. I thought Roger didn’t play as well as he did vs. Wawrinka. Also was thinking he wasn’t playing as close to his top (yet) as Nadal is, but may have to reconsider, as Nadal did give back a break today though he still won in straights.

    Yesterday vs Stan, tennis TV showed me the warmups just fine, then kept blanking out on me & suggesting I check my Internet once the match started. Today somebody figured out they could save some bandwidth by asking people to choose to watch in SD or HD. So I chose SD, & it was fine. (Of course there’s also a slight possibility there was more of an audience for Roger-Stan than for Roger-Kyle. Also, it could be relevant I was sitting in a different place in the house.)

    1. TennisTV can sometimes be a bit laggy. Also depends on your broadband line speed?

      Usually works fine for me in HD on lines that get 50mb, 20mb and as low as 8mb down speeds.

  3. Good, solid match by Roger. Like Thinker, I thought his 1st serve % was lower, but he actually fared well on that over the course of the match. I love the dearth of UFEs, makes all the difference in taking pressure off and maintaining confidence. Bottomline, Fed had a good game plan and executed it well.

  4. (Jon, although I click (which formerly I didn’t have to) “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” every time, I have to do my name aso every time?)

    1. Hm not sure, must be something to do with caching / cookie. I just moved hosting to try make the site faster. Will check…

      1. (Oh, sorry. After being away for some hours, your blog seems to forget me again… 😔)

  5. A breezy first set, the second seemed like a competition but yes Roger was slick and in the driver’s seat. On to the quarters yeah. For me the most inspiration came from “Him [Rod Laver] and Pete [Sampras] have such better nicknames than me that’s the thing I’m most jealous about. The Rocket and The Pistol. I got nothing, so I still got a lot of work to do!”

    Hey Federer Express, Swiss Maestro, Genius at Work, Fed 2.0 etc. … no retirement for a while, you still got lots of lot of work to do!!

    1. Rant time: Well, I don’t get this thing with nicknames; even chopping down the proper name is questionable. There’s nothing wrong with Stanislas, Peter, Nicholas or Rafael. Otherwise why do parents bother to register their children with a name that will be seldom used?…
      -Hey, Mr. Kyrgios, have you chosen a nickname yet?
      -Yes, it’s “name”. I’d like to be referred to as “Nick Name”.
      -We’ll try to remember that.
      -Thanks, mate.

      1. Stanislas Wawrinka requested to be called Stan and made the ATP update the website to reflect that.

        I like nicknames. I guess with a 3 letter first name you feel left out as there aren’t many options 😆

  6. Roger playing well and you can see how much he loves tennis, he just
    has that ‘fell good’ factor in his game at the moment…long may it continue.
    But I remember him saying everything is good when you win so C’mon
    Rog just keep making us feelgood x

      1. His footwork always looks good with the white socks and
        shoes….try TWINKLE TOES…haha maybe not!!

  7. This tournament and the end of the Dubai is definitely the best he’s played since 2017. Can’t believe how much more confident he’s hitting his forehand compared to what it was like in Australia. Hopefully we get the Rafa matchup

  8. A great win over Evans. Rather worried about this Polish guy.He has had a great run and looks dangerous. There is always an unpredictability about a player you have not met before and best of three doesn’t give much time to figure out their game.

    1. Yea, watched some HL’s with him and Shapo. He has incredible long arms! But I think he may have the tour of his life – a little bit like whatwashisname (Copil I think) in the final in Basel. Although younger. Surely Rog can beat him, but he may be somewhat resistent…

      1. Presumably long legs too as he is 6 foot 5.We are making him sound a bit like a spider.😊I do feel a slight unease although if Fed plays as he has been doing so far,all should be well,hopefully.

      2. Nothing like Copil, he is a young guy making his way on tour. Did well on challenger circuit last year, made main draw at FO and now this year has made an impact on tour. Beating Kei twice in a row is impressive.

        I was surprised when I saw he was 6ft 5″. Doesn’t tower over Fed in the pic but maybe he leaning a bit. I know the ATP measurements aren’t accurate though and rarely updated.

  9. Another good match under tough conditions, Roger was playing ultra aggressive at a fast pace making Edmund very uncomfortable. He saved a few BPs, not giving away his break, stayed focus throughout 2nd set. Stay sharp Rog!!!

  10. I think Edmund looks in his performance he is tough to play. Seen from that Rog did very well. There were some magic points, and some wondefully excellent, too.

      1. But got a lot of a little uncomfortable breakpoints, though. But yes, esp. one game tough.

  11. Great win for Mr. Roger “no nickname” Federer….:)
    Saw some highlights of hubert, i think Stan has more powerful shot than him, but still he beat many great players..kinda like Gilles Simon,.. but he looks like a nice and humble guy.. i like him. But roger.. i love him… at last i can watch the quarter finals coz its on saturday in our time.. 🙂

  12. Nice write up on a good match. Thought Kyles hard court game was ruthlessly exposed by Fed. Clay might be different but Fed was just too fast, had too much variety and used slice well to unnerve Kyle.

    I like Hubert’s game. He’s fast, flexible and not afraid of the net but I still think Feds variety will disrupt him and also the experience of playing Rog for the 1st time. Fed in 2.

    Hoping Karen upsets Rafa A’s can’t stand the thought of another Fedal

    Go Rog

    1. A bit afraid of Karen. When in form, a rough power player. Fedal a good old nostalgic, but I see some reason not to stand it, though..

      1. Fed will play at 11:00 am local time on Friday  … Cool : a good night sleep afterwards for Europeans. 🙂

        Belinda is in the semis. Very well. I watched the match. She has wonderful angles and really is a fighter.

        For Fed’s nickname, I suggest : Fredastairerer.

      2. Yes, if he wins. ..
        Belinda’s domination at the moment is amazing. Hope she’ll keep up.
        Yes, agree on Fed Astairerer, as dancerer as side stepperer and hop and hit runnerer
        (this time the blog remembered me, but maybe because soon after having to be reminded…)

      1. Well, same comp (mac book) – but firefox instead of safari. Firefox the culprit? (Forgot me again now, but I only have to type the first letter and then click the suggestion underneath)

  13. Ugh, I hate the IW website! Way too much white space, not enough info. Doesn’t tell you where on earth the players are in relation to the tournament (I thought Belinda was into the final until I realised that was only a QF!), doesn’t allow you to click through to the live scores from the schedule page (unless you want the full stats breakdown). I’m only using it because once again the stupid ATP site won’t show the live scores 🙁

    1. Google “indian wells tennis”. No micro-commentary like we get on atp when it’s working, but keeps up pretty well on points and games.

  14. Looking forward to the match this evening – no red-eye match tonight, Jonathan, and possibly not tomorrow either. I hope they have Evil-Twin securely locked up in a castle in Switzerland and that Brilliant-Fed has had enough sleep to keep him going for two sets (Brilliant-Fed only needs two sets).

  15. Good that it is a daytime match and can watch,even if it is on an iPad.I seem to remember that Fed is not particularly keen
    on early day matches.I can’t remember where I read it and perhaps not true anyway.I wouldn’t like to say how this is going
    to work out as the Pole(in more ways than one)is rather an unknown quantity.I think it could be a three setter,but hope it is not.
    As for the Nadal match not sure either.Interesting that both Fed and Nadals opponents are strapping young men with huge
    serves and groundstrokes.
    Felt very sorry for the people who had paid a lot of money to see ThiemvMonfils seeing nothing at all.Probably Thiem the
    finalist in the other half of the draw.

  16. Come on Roger, lets go, lets go. 3 more matches and one you know who to defeat tomorrow 🙂 You CAN do it and you WILL 🙂

    As for nicknames…. very easy… GOAT. Roger doesn’t like it but he has no say in it 🙂

      1. (And if I reply this, which I obviously do, then it remembers me. Time more than (I don’t know), possibly makes it forget me…)

      1. Ahmnnn, – Goaterer, or … well he might not like it I guess. I guess I stay with Fed, Rogerer, or…

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