ATP Masters 1000Monte-Carlo MastersRoger Federer

Federer Rallies Past Rosol into Monte Carlo Quarter Final

Another day in Monte Carlo and another sub 60 minute match for the GOAT as he saw off Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-1 in 57 minutes.

It wasn't as clinical as the performance against Stepanek but once Federer got into the groove midway through the first set he pulled away; winning 91 per cent of his first serve points and hitting 24 winners to 18 unforced errors.

He'll now meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Quarter Finals after he defeated the erratic but in form Fabio Fognini in 3 sets.

Quick Match Recap

Federer defeat Rosol Monte Carlo

A sloppy start from the Swiss here as he found himself down a break and looking out of sorts. The first serve was missing in action and Rosol was striking the ball cleanly as he moved into a 3-1 lead.

At 3-4 the Federer game finally arrived on court as he broke back to level before holding and breaking again to steal the first set.

It was disappointing for Rosol after his early domination but Roger just changed things up a bit and screwed up the Czech's rhythm. Rosol's main problem is he only knows how to play one way, his game is ridiculously good when he is able to spank groundstrokes. But spins, short balls and lack of pace throw him completely off.

With Roger stealing the first set from right under Rosol's nose he was always going to pull away with it and after fending off deuce in his opening service game he streaked away. Breaking twice en route to second set breadstick and winning 100% of points behind his first serve and maintaining his so far peRFect record on break point conversion this week.

Another good day at the office, by the sea, in the sun πŸ˜€

Match Stats

  L. Rosol R. Federer
Aces 0 6
Double Faults 1 1
1st Serve % 58% 58%
1st Serve Points Won 14/25 (56%) 28/31 (90%)
2nd Serve Points Won 6/18 (33%) 9/22 (41%)
Break Points Saved 0/4 (0%) 3/4 (75%)
Service Games Played 8 9
1st Return Points Won 3/31 (10%) 11/25 (44%)
2nd Return Points Won 13/22 (59%) 12/18 (67%)
Break Points Won 1/4 (25%) 4/4 (100%)
Return Games Played 9 8
Winners 10 24
Unforced Errors 17 18
Net Points Won 4/7 (57%) 15/16 (94%)
Total Service Points Won 20/43 (47%) 37/53 (70%)
Total Return Points Won 16/53 (30%) 23/43 (53%)
Total Points Won 36/96 (38%) 60/96 (63%)

Thoughts on the Match

Federer Concentration Monte Carlo

A shaky start in this one but once Fed got settled he was again by far the better clay court player; better movement, better point construction, better volleying and better variety. Period.

Rosol impresses with big groundstrokes but Fed just figured out how to work him over on this surface. He used variety, got to the net when possible and brought Rosol into the net with angled short slices to take advantage of his less than stellar volleying ability. The whipped / lassoo inside in forehand also did some damage and it's been on his go to shots on clay recently

The serve was again reliable for the most part and picked up significantly from the middle of the first set onwards. Net play was solid too winning 15 out of 16 attempts and he came in often which is a good sign.

Hard to have any real complaints about this one, maybe getting broken early isn't advisable but he got broken plenty of times early in Dubai before winning the trophy so it's not too much of a concern.

Predictions vs. Tsonga

Federer Tsonga AO 2013

Bit of a surprise here as Tsonga took out Fognini in 3 sets to setup the Quarter Final clash. I didn't see the match so can't give an indication of what happened in that one.

Tsonga's had a poor year so far by his own standards but after helping France turn round a 0-2 deficit in the Davis Cup vs. Germany he might have found some form.

He has also reverted back to his old racquet after using the Babolat Pure Strike in all previous tournament this season. That too could have something to do with his form and improvement this week. Likely to be psychological but either way based on result he's playing better.

Interestingly Janowicz has also been using the Pure Strike and is slumping this year. Crapolat anyone?

It's always hard to pick a winner in Fed vs. Tsonga matches I think but I'll pick Fed based on individual form so far this season. Historically Fed schools him, but when Tsonga wins he usually does so emphatically like at Wimbledon in 2011 and the French open in last years Quarter Final. Fans sent out a missing persons flyer after that one it was so bad from Fed. Have you seen this Swiss Man, last seen wondering aimlessly around Phillipe Chatrier?

Clownga is decent in Monte Carlo and on clay, despite not having a title on the surface (never even made a clay court final as it happens) so he always has a shot but I will back Fed. It will be a bigger test than either of the Czechs but Roger is going to be fully aware of that.

If A game Federer turns up, then Tsonga can't win regardless of how he plays. If B game Federer turns up then only A game Tsonga will be able to win. Hope that makes sense πŸ˜‰

Fed in 2. 6-4 7-6.


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. Truly surprised to see Rog drop a game but from that on it was all as expected. Clean performance with one little gotcha. Go Rog!

  2. Great sum up Jon as I diden’t see the match. Sounded like Roger took the win with ease despite an early setback.
    Interesting theory with the Tsonga racquet change back and not good publicity for
    I can’t see Roger losing to Tsonga giving their form recently. But Djokovic seems like he’s in great form, should be interesting if they were to meet in the semi.

  3. Decent match here, not much to say πŸ™‚ But tomorrow is can get interesting… πŸ˜€

    Worried about stan though, gonna be missing rhythm I think if he gets to Dull on sat… :/ Was looking forward to see him play against Almagro too.. Ahh too bad…

  4. Nice post! He started a little slow, but found his rhythm and played freely at the end. Good win against a player who has potential but offered no resistance today.

  5. Sorry about the double posting, my phone sometimes gets a little crazy hehe. And vs Tsonga, I think this could be a tricky match, but if Roger serves well and can dictate the majority of points he can win!

  6. Thanks Jonathan for the recap! I didn’t get to see the match and it’s always nice to read from you, feels like I don’t miss too much πŸ˜‰

    It will be very interesting to see how Fed will perform against Jo after last year defeat in RG. He will be so eager to show that it wasn’t true Fed playing then… Tsonga better get prepared, otherwise I predict a severe defeat 6-2 6-3.

  7. Really glad to see Roger able to regroup after a sloppy beginning. He handed over that break on a double fault, but as you say, mid-set he found his – footing, strokes, serve? – and was able to get back into it. In any case he didn’t panic in between, whereas last year a start like this one could have been disastrous.

  8. He was never going to lose! Took time to settle as Rosol doesn’t give you rhythm, but as always Rosol blows up and Fed blew him away! Very solid in the end and the stats show it. Tsonga had no business winning today! Fognini gave it away after failing to break in the 7th game of the 2nd set. Got a bad service call and then lost it mentally! Gave it away! If Fed serves well and stays patient then he will win in 2!

  9. On another note I think Ferrer will trouble Nadal who has not been at his best! Whether he believes he can win is of course another story! Raonic has played well and Stan has missed a match so hard to call that one! Novak shld put away GGL.

  10. After a sloppy start the proper Mr Federer came out to play – but at least now when he makes a bad start you feel more confident that he will be able to do something about it. Hopefully A game Fed comes out to play tomorrow cannot wait allez Roger

  11. Thanks for the smashing summary, Jonathan, πŸ™‚ . I thought that Rosol played very well throughout the match. Not surprised that Roger was broken, as he missed a fair bit of 1st serves in his first two serve games. Towards the end of the first set, Roger figured Rosol out by adding more variety. Then Rosol struggled to cope.
    Tomorrow’s match against Jo, we have not forgotten the pain that we suffered at RG last year. Now it is very different. With his current form, Roger should win in straight sets, like 6:3 and 6:4. Jo might be able to break Roger’s serve but I am convinced that Roger will hit back hard. Roger’s movement and defence have been superb.

  12. A good win today I thought, if a little shaky to begin with. Roger’s serve started to let him down for a while, but what was really important is the way he stayed calm and turned it around. Let’s hope A Game Roger turns up tomorrow. He is by far the better player so if that happens then logically Tsonga can’t win, agree with you Jonathan.

  13. Great post Jon. I know Roger wil win, but… seen as it is Jo Willy, he might need 3 sets…..

    Do you guys know that if Roger, Stan, Rafa and Novak will win tomorrow (today), the SF will be Roger vs Novak (nr 2 vs nr 4) and Stan vs Rafa (nr 1 vs nr 3). The current top 4…

    Oh and even with wrist problems, Novak gave 2 bagels and 2 breadsticks…..

  14. Novak has wrist problems? Another one?! (Del Potro, Robson …)

    Do you realise none of the top 4 have actually faced another seeded player yet? Makes it a little difficult to judge where their games are. I have a feeling that the Tsonga match may need to go to a third set tomorrow (or rather, today).

    I think, judging from the livescores, that the Fog must have imploded today. That’s the only way I can explain that last set. And there’s me going “Couldn’t you have done that in Davis Cup last week instead?”!

    1. I really think that Having those “beat up” opponents isn’t necessarily going to help Nole. If feds gets to the semis, Novak might have a hard time adapting to Roger’s much superior game… Then again, if Tsonga staarts hitting winners for fun, it might just sting a little πŸ˜› Anyways, we will see πŸ™‚

  15. Jonathan, I’d like to know if you think Roger is a better clay court player than Novak. Some so-called experts say he is, but Roger would’ve have won the French 4 times except for you-know-who.

    But I’d really like to know if you have an opinion on this. Federer is the G.O.A.T. and is also a really good clay court player.

    By the way, I follow you because of Roger, big fan as well.

    1. Hey Remi,

      Thanks for the comment. I think Fed is definitely a better clay court player than Djoker currently. But as for overall, gotta compare when they both hung up the racquet I think.


  16. Will this Nadal/Ferrer match be over by teatime do you think? Will it ever be over in fact? I had a nap hoping it would be all done but they’re STILL slogging it out. They must surely be getting bored with each other’s company.

    1. No Nath, no live chat. Hope Roger can turn this around. You did it yesterday too.
      Come on Roger. This is your best chance to win the title.

  17. Thanks for info Katyani…
    It’s even more stressful as Nadal is out … So it’s now or never! Go away Tsonga, you’re not welcome at the party!!!

  18. Haha love the code violation. Much less love for his game… it’s like he’s imploding on any important point… -.- Come on Roger!! Waky waky!!

  19. I reckon he got overexcited about Rafa going out. Probably would have been better if he’d played first πŸ™‚

  20. Commentator said he was 2 points away in the TB from defeat, now he is 4 points away from SF !!!

    What did they expect??? THIS IS THE GOAT !!!

    Lets bagel him Roger

    950th match win

  21. Phew, it is there. Well done Roger, Allez. The faiure of converting all those BPs in the first two sets really sucked. A top mark for showing the grit and determination πŸ™‚ .
    Indeed, the Nadull’s loss really was a distraction and got Roger loose concentration πŸ™‚ .

  22. Maybe Mirka is in labour… Did you guys see Roger forget to put his handband?!!!

    Anyways we’ve been rewarded at last…. What a torture it’s been…
    Fellow fans, it’s been an honour suffering with you!!! Thank you all!!!

  23. Jo-Willy deserved a lot of credits to have saved all those BPs. It must be some kind of records – saving 15 BPS in a row. He was obviously very confident. It was just bad luck.
    A top top mark for the GOAT for the fight.
    Allez Roger!

  24. “I know Roger wil win, but… seen as it is Jo Willy, he might need 3 sets…..”

    An advice to you Jonathan and the rest, next time Roger and Jo Willy play, please don’t predict for Roger to win in straights…. Appearently when Jo Willy was born, it was written in the stars that he will play good tennis or bad tennis, EXCEPT when he plays Roger, than suddenly Jo Willy will be reminded that he is a great tennisplayer πŸ™‚
    Plays lousy to almost everyone, except our Goat of course πŸ™‚

    But seriously Jo Willy played some great great tennis and it did not help that Roger could not convert those what 30??? Anyway, this is why one should always just hang on, don’t panic and keep believing.
    For long moments both David and Roger were I think beeing outplayed or bossed around, but they both hung on, kept playing great and believed and in the end got rewarded. They both won after playing like more than 2,5 hours…

    Also David’s shirt was wayyy better than the pink/purple from yesterday.
    If, SO HOPE NOT, Roger gets defeated tomorrow, than I will be rooting for Ferrer.
    Sorry Stan, but after the way David played, he deserves it much more.

    1. Please take comfort from this Roger: Last year Novak decided at the last moment that he would play, because he was a bit injured, but he won. You also took the last moment a wild card…. hope it will turn out for you the way it turned out for Novak last year πŸ™‚

  25. Winning ugly! Match never over until last point won! Huge mental strength and physical stamina ! All the cliches can come out! Bottom line! He hung on in there whereas Jo Willy checked out in final set! Voila la difference! Huge huge point at 5-6,0-30!how did he retrieve that FH!!! Allez!!!

  26. Great to see Fed tough it out.

    Anything can happen tomorrow – and its is the GOAT after all, but the way play has been so far – not very easy to see Fed beating Djoker in the semis.

    Puling for him though.

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