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
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 😀
|L. Rosol||R. Federer|
|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|
|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
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
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 😉
Fed in 2. 6-4 7-6.