Well it doesn't get any easier than that does it? 6-1 6-1 in just 57 minutes as Roger made serene progress into the semi finals where he'll face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
I perhaps gave Matosevic too much credit in my pre match prediction of 6-4 6-2 as he completely failed to turn up today and was simply outclassed. Whether it was the occasion, injury or the fact he wasted 3 break point chances in the first game his game was nowhere to be found and it was very easy for Roger to just exploit his error strewn performance and negative body language.
As for Federer he looked sharp and focused yet again, most areas of his game clicked and he was just too solid for the Australian in all departments. So far so good in terms of 2014 and it's looking like his work in the off season is paying off; I'll keep my feet on the ground though as this is a relatively weak fielded 250 event so in all honesty he should be winning it.
Quick Match Recap
This is going to be very brief because aside from one or two points and a sweet forehand fake dropshot slice nothing really happened. Roger was in trouble in his first service game at 0-40 after Matosevic slapped in some good returns but he failed to capitalise as Roger reeled off the next 3 points before holding serve.
The chances that went begging seemed to effect Matosevic as some sloppy play including a double fault saw him drop his own serve and put Roger firmly in the driving seat. One break soon became two and Roger served it out comfortably to take the first set 6-1. Routine really and he barely broke a sweat.
If you thought the second set was going to be more competitive you were wrong as Matosevic faded badly, dropping serve tamely, grimacing, getting the trainer out and just generally giving up. This time he was broken 3 times in the set again handing Roger the breadstick for a 6-1 6-1 victory. Easy peasy.
|Stats||R. Federer||M. Matosevic|
|1st Serve %||61%||56%|
|1st Serve Points Won||21/25 (84%)||16/30 (53%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||9/16 (56%)||7/24 (29%)|
|Break Points Saved||3/3 (100%)||4/9 (44%)|
|Service Games Played||7||7|
|1st Return Points Won||14/30 (47%)||4/25 (16%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||17/24 (71%)||7/16 (44%)|
|Break Points Won||5/9 (56%)||0/3 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||7||7|
|Total Service Points Won||30/41 (73%)||23/54 (43%)|
|Total Return Points Won||31/54 (57%)||11/41 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||61/95 (64%)||34/95 (36%)|
Shot of the Match
Fake dropshot, boom and the twins approve 😛
Thoughts on the Match
I'll start with Fed who I thought played another solid match, he's looking sharp in all areas and I think the doubles matches have helped tune him up. Like I said above this was a little bit one sided to really judge too much as he'd have won with his eyes shut but all the signs are so far positive.
He's said in interviews now his back is injury free it becomes more about forehands and backhands and most of his shots from the last 2 matches look like they are hit with conviction. There's still the odd shank but a new racquet was never going to eradicate them, he plays a pretty high risk type of game so as long as he can keep the winners count in front of the unforced errors all is good.
Now onto Matosevic, having hardly seen him play, the only time being last year in Monte Carlo where he beat Fiasco and kicked Dull's water bottles over I wasn't exactly sure how he played. After watching I was disappointed, not by anything technique wise just his whole body language and attitude on court.
Looks like a big drama queen, always gesticulating to himself or his corner, grimacing as though he had been shot and just generally showing zero fight, by the end of the second set he'd stopped running completely which wasn't a good example. He won't be progressing much further up the rankings like that and it's pretty clear he also won't be mentally good enough to challenge the top guys, he had his 3 break point chances early but wasted them.
Fair enough if he had a shoulder injury which he had a trainer on court for but it was all a bit over the top really. By the end of things (less than 1 hour on court) he looked dead on his feet , whether that was just acting or serious I'm not sure. He does look over conditioned for a tennis player though with too much muscle so that won't help his endurance.
Predictions vs. Chardy
Next up is Jeremy Chardy who seems to enjoy the plexicushion courts as he performed well at last years Australian Open making the Quarter Finals. He has a big forehand that's quite expansive on the take back but other than that I see no real weapons from him. Serve is good enough and backhand just average. Can that get it done vs. Roger? I doubt it.
Like Matosevic he's a bit of an unknown for Fed as they've never played each other in singles so it will of course be interesting to see how they match up. From what I've seen of Chardy he doesn't really bring too many surprises to the table so once Roger gets some kind of read on the serve I think he will break fairly comfortably.
Federer also has the benefit of playing against him in the doubles the other day so will surely have an idea of what his serve will feel like plus any of his strengths and weaknesses.
I'll pick Fed in 2 again, 6-4 6-2. Allez!
P.S. Just realised I forget the ratings system on my last post and this one, slipped my mind. Get voting.