Routine match here for the GOAT as he defeated Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in 1 hour and 26 minutes to book his spot in the Wimbledon Quarter Finals where he'll face Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Roger went into the tie with a 2-0 head to head record against the Spaniard and as expected it was very one sided. Murray showed on centre court last year that Agut doesn't have the firepower to hurt top 10 players and Roger made him look even more powerless playing with great variety along with spot serving to win 62% of all points played en route to victory.
Quick Match Recap
RBA won the toss and elected to serve, holding to 15 before Roger levelled with a hold to love. At 2-2 15 all Roger came up with his first moment of genius before going onto break for 3-2. The break was consolidated to love and Agut had his serve broken for the second time for 5-2. Roger then served it out to 15 playing a delightful floated backhand lob on set point.
Into set 2 and Roger immediately broke, hitting a ridiculous return on break point off Agut's fastest serve of the match. It was again consolidated to love and Agut had to save a break point in his next service game before holding.
At 3-2 15-0 Federer serving, RBA took a nasty fall in the deuce court tramlines which required a lengthy medical timeout. Play resumed after 7 minutes and Federer quickly held for 4-2 before breaking again to 15 and holding to 30 to take a 2 set to love lead.
With Agut looking slightly hampered set 3 was virtually a procession and Roger really began to cruise, breaking at 1-1 and coming up with some exho style points to hold for 3-1.
Agut stuck around to get 3 games on the board with some bigger ball striking but with Roger holding service games to love he couldn't fight off a final FedExpress charge in game 9; which saw the Swiss waste 5 match points trying to finish it with a crowd pleaser before eventually converting his 6th when Agut dumped a backhand into the net. GSM Federer!
|MATCH STATISTICS||Roberto Bautista Agut||Roger Federer|
|1ST SERVES IN||56/84 (67 %)||38/56 (68 %)|
|1ST SERVE POINTS WON||30/56 (54 %)||35/38 (92 %)|
|2ND SERVE POINTS WON||15/28 (54 %)||13/18 (72 %)|
|NET POINTS WON||11/18 (61 %)||30/40 (75 %)|
|BREAK POINTS WON||0/0 (0 %)||6/13 (46 %)|
|RECEIVING POINTS WON||8/56 (14 %)||39/84 (46 %)|
|TOTAL POINTS WON||53||87|
|DISTANCE COVERED (METRES)||1585.6||1673.5|
|DIST. COVERED/PT. (METRES)||11.3||11.9|
Thoughts on the Match
As expected a routine win here for Roger against a guy who doesn't have big big weapons to hurt you with. Agut is a runner with a decent forehand and flat shots but they can't really do any damage against the top guys and Roger took full advantage; playing way up the court, using his dominant serve to win plenty of cheap points and once he had the lead almost playing in Cruiserer Exho Mode 😆
Removing the guy from the other side of the net for a minute though the most impressive part of Fed's game today and from all his matches so far as been his movement; very fluid, short steps to the ball, always looking one step ahead of his opponent and cutting off the angles at the net in style when he moves up the court. I think that will be the key going forward; how well he can move out of the corners when on the defensive and transition into attack. Serve and forehand all need to work well too but if the feet are in the right place the groundies often take care of themselves. Allez!
Predictions vs. Simon
Next up is Gilles Simon who scored an impressive straight sets win over Berdych. Simon has a good record against Berdych but on grass it was expected the Czech would pull through; Simon had other ideas though using his crisp ball striking and counter punching style to cause Tomas a ton of problems. He also looks to be serving well giving himself some freebie points to help get it done.
Roger leads the H2H 5-2 between the pair and Simon hasn't beaten the Swiss since 2008 although that's not say there haven't been some close ones since then 😆 . They've twice gone to 5 sets in Grand Slam play where Roger prevailed and the last meeting saw 2 tie breaks in the 2014 Shanghai final.
They've never met on grass before and I'm looking forward to this one, I'm guessing most are expecting a rollercoaster but I like the way Fed is playing so far this tournament and I think he moves too well on this surface for Simon. I'll pick Fed in three assuming he doesn't get drawn into Simon's style of play and keeps his foot on the gas from the get go. Federer in three – 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.