Another straight sets win for the GOAT in Halle as he saw off defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to set up a semi-final showdown with Karen Khachanov.
The win sees Roger extend his H2H advantage against Mayer to 8-0 with five of those wins coming on grass and he also furthers his semi-final streak in Halle to thirteen.
Quick Match Recap
Mayer won the toss and elected to receive. Roger held to 30 to kick things off. Mayer was able to level, but in game four he was broken to 30 after saving two break points.
Roger consolidated for 4-1 despite Mayer making deuce, and in game nine the Swiss held three set points. Mayer was able to hang on to get the hold. It made little difference though as Roger fired down a love hold including two aces to take the set 6-3.
Into set 2 and Mayer started with a love hold. He was then able to create 15-40 on the Federer serve and should have broken, netting a makeable 2nd serve return at 30-40. Roger then held. Another love hold from Mayer put him up 2-1, but in game five his momentum on serve was halted as Fed broke to 30. The Swiss then hit a sweet sliced pass en route to holding for 4-2.
Mayer then found himself in more trouble having to save three break points at 2-4 and then two match points at 4-5, and although Roger couldn't break through, he served it out in style to love to move into the semi-finals.
|Roger Federer||Florian Mayer|
|First Serve Percent||64%(36/56)||56%(40/71)|
|1st Serve Points Won||86%(31/36)||70%(28/40)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||55%(11/20)||52%(16/31)|
|Break Points Saved||100%(2/2)||83%(10/12)|
|Service Games Played||10||9|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||30%(12/40)||14%(5/36)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||48%(15/31)||45%(9/20)|
|Break Points Converted||17%(2/12)||0%(0/2)|
|Return Games Played||9||10|
|Net Points Won||85% (12/14||60% (3/5)|
|Total Service Points Won||75%(42/56)||62%(44/71)|
|Total Return Points Won||38%(27/71)||25%(14/56)|
|Total Points Won||54%(69/127)||46%(58/127)|
Thoughts on the Match
A solid performance here from Roger who looked convincing throughout. I expected a closer scoreline, but Roger improved once again from yesterday and never let Mayer get into the match. He served really well throughout, hit the forehand sweetly and looked to be moving well on the baseline.
The German can be a very tricky opponent on his day, but Roger pretty much nullified his game by taking care of his serve quickly and then getting into the return games. The only real inroads Mayer made in the match were on the second serve return but other than that he was never able to dictate to play. His variety can trouble many players but I guess because Fed played the likes of Santoro back in the day it doesn't seem to really bother him. He just mixed it up right back at Mayer and is one of the best at injecting pace into low balls on the forehand.
Predictions vs. Khachanov
Next up is Karen Khachanov who defeated Rublev in three sets in the earlier quarterfinal. I've not seen him play yet on grass so I'm not totally sure what to expect. Fortunately, Roger isn't in the same boat, although they've never met before, he practised with the Russian earlier this week so has an idea of what he brings to the court.
Khachanov has a huge game off the ground, but I don't know if he will cause Fed too many issues on this surface. As you can see he has a pretty extreme grip so it will be interesting to see how he handles the low stuff Fed will throw in. I watched some of his match at the French Open against Murray, and he can serve big and cream the forehand which is always a threat but I like Roger's chances of breaking his game down and putting him into some uncomfortable positions on the court. Khachanov is very much part of the #nextgen marketing and it's about time somebody new broke through but will it be tomorrow? Doubtful but we shall see 🙂