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Federer Puts Bedene to Sleep in Halle

A quick turnaround from Stuttgart with just one day's rest but it didn't take long for Roger Federer progress into Round 2 at the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday,  defeating Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4 in just 71 minutes.

The Swiss came into the match having secured title number 98 plus a return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings at the weekend and carried on from where he left off, picking apart his opponent with relative ease as he set up a tie with Benoit Paire on Thursday.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Bedene Halle

Bedene won the toss and elected to receive. Federer kicked off with an impressive hold to fifteen to put the pressure straight onto the Slovenian. Some nervous opening shots saw Bedene slip to love forty but Roger wasn't in a ruthless mood, allowing Bedene to make deuce and hold multiple game points before he finally broke his serve in an 8-minute game.

A sub-1-minute hold consolidated the break for 3-0 and from there the Swiss cruised to the first set holding his last two service games to love to take it 6-3. The only close call being in game five where he held from 0-30 after ballsing up a challenge after deciding to start calling his own lines 😀

Into set two and a Bedene double fault on the opening point meant things didn't look too promising for the current world number 72 but he dug in to hold and from there began to find a bit more oomph to his game. Roger's serve was still yet to be tested though and although his return game seemed to drop a notch he moved through the gears again in game nine to break, using his slice to great effect before serving it out to fifteen, hitting an inside-out forehand winner on match point.

Match Stats

Roger Federer Alijaz Bedene
Aces 7 6
Double Faults 0 3
1st Serve 69% (34/49) 66% (46/70)
1st Serve Points Won 88% (30/34) 63% (29/46)
2nd Serve Points Won 73% (11/15) 50% (12/24)
Break Points Saved 0% (0/0) 71% (5/7)
Service Games Played 10 9
1st Serve Return Points Won 37% (17/46) 12% (4/34)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 50% (12/24) 27% (4/15)
Break Points Converted 29% (2/7) 0% (0/0)
Return Games Played 9 10
Winners 31 24
Unforced Errors 17 24
Net Points Won 67% (6/9) 33% (2/6)
Service Points Won 84% (41/49) 59% (41/70)
Return Points Won 41% (29/70) 16% (8/49)
Total Points Won 59% (70/119) 41% (49/119)


Thoughts on the Match

Feddy Bear Halle

I think I got out of the blocks well. I felt good right away. You know, it’s a bit of an easier court to play here in Halle than last week in Stuttgart. It’ a bit harder, so the ball bounces up a bit more. So, I felt like it was nicely in my strike zone and I was connecting well on the return right away and being able to also read maybe better the serve quite well and then after a while that kind of went away. But I had a solid first set and then I was just trying to figure out how to break him and after the one break, the crucial one, I was able to hold serve all the way. So, I think I’m very happy on my serving side and from the baseline for a first round having had hardly any play on these courts I'm very happy actually. And Benoit Paire, I played him a couple of times.

Solid start here from Roger against an opponent who you always feel he'll have the measure of but will still make him work for the win. I thought he picked up from where he left off in Stuttgart really and although things got a bit scrappy in the middle of set two, his serve was again watertight not facing a single break point and winning 88% of points behind his first delivery.

It was pretty much a cruis control match as he was never in any real danger and his slice was his best shot today, skidding through the court and Bedene struggled to do much with it. Nice to see him put his foot down and get the instant response too in that game to break where he'd looked rather lackadaisical on the return in the two or three games before it. So ideal start: bag the win, day off Wednesday and then come out fresh for Round Two on Thursday.

As for Bedene, I think he's a somewhat underrated player; a decent mover and hits a pretty big ball off both wings but just a bit too inconsistent as shown by his results this season. No pressure at Wimbledon now he's no longer British though 😆

Predictions vs. Paire

Speaking of lackadaisical, next up is the enigma Benoit Paire who defeated Steve Johnson in two sets. A decent win for him there and when he's feeling it he can play some quality tennis. But he's wildly inconsistent which is why he's yet to win a set in five meetings against Roger, hard to see that changing on probably his worst surface but at least for him on grass, you can bag a set by stringing a handful of decent backhands together…

What did you guys think of the win? Which court do you prefer Halle or Stuttgart? 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. Oof. Must have just missed your post again, Jon. Sounds like a reasonable enough win. But I thought from your title Roger was maybe boring Aliaz to sleep 🙂

  2. Yes it’s a solid start for Roger! he looks comfortable and happy. Love the colors he’s wearing. Jonathan, many thanks for the recap and the highlights.

  3. Thanks for the recap Jonathan and I am happy because I learnt a new word in English : lackadaisical ! I had never heard it !

    Benoit Paire is a nice guy and inconstant player with genius strokes from time to time but he has never beaten Mr Fed in five matches…

    I am leaving tomorrow at 5:30 am 🙂  for a three-day seminar in the South of France… I will try to catch a few strokes of Mr Turquoise  in Halle  between two meetings… and for sure will read your match recaps, Jonathan  … Hopefully, there will be a semi and a final to be savoured over next week-end  and maybe a 99th title … but not against A. Zverev this year –  who lost today.

    PS : happy to see fully packed centre courts either in Queens or in Halle… better than empty chairs in Roland Garros  !!

    1. I wouldn’t expect a non native to know that word 😀 tbh I would guess a high % of English people have no idea what it means.

      I heard Zverev looked laboured, not practised much since French leg injury but ok now supposedly.

  4. Gosh five matches and He is just in a different zone already. I only see him getting more and more better in days to come. I dont thing we ll be surprised to see him win the whole thing here too. Just hope he doesnt get to carried away a tale a bit of rest next week to keep himself fresh for Wimbledon.

  5. Those serve percentages are very,very good.A sound win.Whatever happened to Sascha,is he still injured or back too soon?
    Watched the first two sets of the Murray/Kyrios match.Is it me or is that court really slow?Absolutely sickened by the
    arch sycophant Andrew Castle,warbling about the genius of Murray,that was a brilliant shot(about a ball six inches out,Etc,Etc.Kyrios seemed flat,Murray was well,Murray.

    1. Yes, the commentator was dire. He didn’t seem to know much about Kyrgios, was surprised when he served a first type serve as his second and didn’t know what a SABR was and lots of blah about Murray.

    2. I watched a bit of Queens today, Fleming Castle combo, not terrible but not great. Castle is listenable in terms of his voice. Fleming bit annoying.

      1. Surely it was John Lloyd not Fleming!,We cannot have been listening to the same people!

      2. Nah it was Castle and Fleming on the Wawrinka Querrey match. Castle gets a ton of hate but I don’t mind him on non Murray matches. Same for Inverdale he’s alright at the on-court interviews.

  6. Thought his approach at the start was indeed lackadaisical (lovely word) but he woke up when he needed to. Not a terribly interesting match.
    Watched the Murray/Kyrgios match after it and was surprised to enjoy it. I think I quite like K. for his playing and for his ability to win when he decides he wants to. Not so much for his antics which often lose the point.
    Hope Fed gets his focus focused on Thursday.

    1. In set 1? I thought set 1 he was pretty good, should have broken in game 2 sooner than he did but from there seemed dialled in. Set 2 was a bit more laboured.

      NK is decent, I like his game brings something a bit different. Not sure I’d follow him but sort of guy I’d want to win most times when he’s playing someone other than Fed.

  7. Yes, lackadaisical, one of my mother’s favourite words. Thanks for the write-up. I don’t know about these titles lately. Perhaps you should consider a career with the Daily Mail.
    Sounds like Fed likes the conditions at Halle. Perhaps a rest for Wed. I heard Murray was still limping? Anyone see that? Never heard Andrew Castle, seems like I’m not missing much.
    We need the weather changed, J.

    1. Forgot the weather, done!

      Didn’t watch Murray, saw his interview though, said he felt tired in third. He was limping when he was winning slams though, so hard to really know what hurts for real.

  8. I enjoy matches the most when Federer wins easily. My partner in FedFandom prefers a more competitive match….you know, the “fun” ones. This was the first match in the past week or so that I was able to relax and appreciate the shots without my stomach in knots. Let’s hope it’s smooth sailing to # 99. And then…..but I don’t want to jinx it.

  9. Good start for Roger, cant help to talk about Murray vs NK match. Its such a weird match, can’t find the right word to describe it.

  10. In the first set Murray seemed motivated and Kygios dis interested.Then a weird set where both were mumbling and
    grumbling and NK looked as though he wanted to lose the match but Murray wouldn’t let him.After winning the tiebreak the lovely Nick was yelling at his box that ‘he was fed up of this’. Life?Tennis?Everything?The third set was
    more of the same but now Murray limping and wincing.Completely surreal .

  11. I see Halle draw is getting easier everyday for our guy Roger. Should Roger win Halle and it would be his 99th. How motivated would Roger be going for his 100th victory at Wimbledon?

  12. Hold on though,what about that Khachanov guy who just made mincemeat of Nishikori?The same one who took
    Sascha to five at Roland Garros and contributed to his failure there.I reckon he will be the finalist from the bottom half of the draw.Perhaps not so easy for fed after all.

  13. Solid start, nothing fancy, and good stats. Paire is trickier but Rog knows this court so well. I prefer the faster conditions at Stuttgart. Halle always looks shocking on the telly.
    I see the seed are falling like ninepins at both Queens and Halle. To be expected. Welcome to grass season.
    I am actually going to Queens on Thurs, first time for years and am quite intrigued to see Novak v Grigs. ( I expect Novak to win) and Nick v Kyle. Wld love to see Nick win the whole damn thing tbh.
    Rogers draw opened up I see. KK the danger man for me

    1. Have a lovely day.It will be interesting to hear what you think about Djokovic and where his game is.
      Agree about Kk,could be dangerous at Wimbledon too,let’s hope he is in Nadals half?

      1. I expect Fed to sweep the grass tournament like he did last year, no real threat to be honest and he should excel on his favourite surface, touch the wood 🙂
        As for djoko, he would need one of those matches where he struggle and he gets the W, that would be turning point for him toward comeback as the game is there but confidence is what he lacks. Now someone would tell his movement is not there as well, but I believe once confidence is back his mojo would

      1. Saw the first set and thought Fed was cruising.Had to go out and when I came back they were
        3all in the tiebreak!Fed was very lucky there.That forehand he hit at matchpoint down looked as
        though it was going long and then Paire couldnt find his first serve when he needed it most.
        Talk about cutting things fine?

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