A routine win for Roger Federer here as he defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-4 6-3 6-2 to move into the fourth round of the French Open. Dzumhur was coming into the match with an impressive victory over Baghdatis in the second round and whilst he was able to test Federer at times he was no match for the Swiss who broke serve 6 times en route to victory in 1 hour 28 minutes.
Quick Match Recap
Dzhumur kicked things off with a confidence boosting / nerve settling love hold for 1-0. Roger then levelled despite being pegged back to deuce. Although the Bosnian came out on top in some of the early exchanges he was broken in game 5. Federer then consolidated and the one break proved decisive as he took the set 6-4.
Dzhumur revealed in press he was playing his idol and he looked starstruck at the start of set 2, dropping serve as Roger came up with a great get to break. This time consolidating the break didn't come so easy as Dzhumur created 2 break point chances but Fed dug in to hold for 2-0.
At 1-3 Dzhumur was again broken and Roger quickly moved into a 5-1 lead with a solid service game. Serving it out proved difficult though as Fed played a couple of very high risk dropshots to drop serve. No damage done though as the response was instant with Roger breaking for the third time in the set to take it 6-3. Genius backhand on set point too 🙂
Set three was always going to be a tough ask for Dzhumur to make it competitive and he dropped serve in game 4 before Roger quickly moved into a 4-1 lead. 4-1 soon became 5-2 and with Dzhumur serving to stay in the match he was broken to 30 as Roger sealed it 6-2 to move into the fourth round. Routine.
|Damir Dzumhur||Stats||Roger Federer|
|57/81 (70 %)||1st serves in||53/82 (65 %)|
|32/57 (56 %)||1st serve points won||36/53 (68 %)|
|12/24 (50 %)||2nd serve points won||19/29 (66 %)|
|11/20 (55 %)||Net points won||24/34 (71 %)|
|1/5 (20 %)||Break points won||6/8 (75 %)|
|27/82 (33 %)||Receiving points won||37/81 (46 %)|
|71||Total points won||92|
Thoughts on the Match
Yeah. I mean, my own game was good. It took me a little bit of time to get into it, to understand how is he serving, plus he was serving a few of the lines in the beginning. So I didn't know if that was normal for him or if that was something that was going to go away and maybe he's going to give me more second serves. I was kind of waiting to see how it was going to be. Thankfully I played a good, one good return game in that first set, almost the second one, as well. And I had a couple of tough first service games in the first set, so it was important to get out of those, and get the understanding of how he's playing, how I'm playing. And then the wind was playing quite a big factor I thought today early on, which made me mishit a few shots. Then once I got the rhythm it got better and better and I was able to play more freely and mix up the game. I thought Damir played well. I expected him to play from far back, but with the moments he was going to be aggressive it was always going to happen that he was going to hit a lot of down-the-line shots and maybe some dropshots, because the dropshot is a good play on this court now; the ball doesn't bounce so high. It takes a lot of the spin. I think he did that very well. Moves well. So I thought it was an entertaining match as well. Of course, I wish him all the best for the year and for the future.
A very pleasing win here for Roger who played a smart match from start to finish. Dzhumur started quickly hitting some impressive serves and groundstrokes but Roger soon found his rhythm from the back of the court to take control. Once in the groove he basically overpowered Dzhumur and mixed it up nicely to produce plenty of highlight reel worthy points.
With Dzhumur returning from way behind the baseline Roger also used the serve and volley play to great effect, throwing it in every now and again which won him a handful of cheap points which was good to see. Dzhumur also played quite deep mid rally and without having a big forehand or backhand most of his groundstrokes were neutral which Roger is going to jump on and step up the court. Tough to ask for any more here really; only 1 hour 28 minutes on court for the loss of just 9 games and some pretty magical shots from the RF97 Autograph stringbed.
As for Dzhumur he's a very solid player without any stand out shot. He's tough to face though due to his consistency and nimbleness around the court. He tracked down a lot of balls too thanks to his wheels and also showed good feel hitting some sweet dropshots that caught Fed off guard. Also worth noting was he wasn't like a rabbit in the headlights out there, he stayed composed even when getting outplayed and showed good tactical nouse by moving up the court on the return when he was getting picked off by Fed's serve & volleys. With that in mind he looks set to be a regular in the top 100 and could probably get to top 50 if he keeps winning matches at slam level.
Predictions vs. Monfils
Next up is Gael Monfils who overcame Pablo Cuevas in 5 sets. A real disappointment for Cuevas who was 4-1 up in fourth and a break up in the fifth but couldn't find a way over the line. Closing out matches is tough so combined with a partisan crowd it's even harder and it really got to the Uruguayan as Monfils pulled away in the fifth.
Monfils has now played back to back five setters and for my money isn't looking in great form so far. Gael is always up and down so you can't always judge how well he's playing but usually his five setters are a result of him going walkabout; against Schwartzman and Cuevas though he's been outplayed. I think that bodes well for Federer who has so far played with a nice balance of aggression and patience.
We know what Monfils can do against Roger though and in recent times he's closed the gap in what was a lopsided rivalry. Last year's US Open was a close one, the Davis Cup a bit of a difficult one to judge and Monfils played the better tennis in Monte Carlo. It's 2-2 in the last 4 meetings but I think Fed has the advantage here both physically and with how he's played so far. If he continues striking the forehand well and constructing points perfectly on the clay I will pick Fed in 3 or 4 sets. 6-2 7-6 6-4. Allez!