ATP Masters 500HalleRoger Federer

Federer Routines Mayer to Make Halle Semi Finals

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

Fed Mayer Halle QF 2017

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.

Match Stats

  Roger Federer Florian Mayer
Aces 11 5
Double Faults 0 2
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
Winners 32 18
Unforced Errors 22 15
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)
SABR 0 0

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Thoughts on the Match

Fed Halle Bear

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

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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 πŸ™‚

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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26 Comments

    1. Thought Mischa was a better test yesterday, but still some great shots & scampering from both. Why is Fed back to slicing all his backhands, does the topspin backhand not work on grass?

      He let a few break points go to waste, but I guess that’s just part of the package.

      Khachanov is already ranked in the top 50 at age 21, so he can obviously play. He’s one of these super tall kids at 6’6; I’m thinking it will be kind of like playing Cilic (which my voice recognition software rendered as chill out!) .

      1. Harder to hit the topspin BH when the ball is coming fast and he’s on top of the baseline. It takes longer to prepare that stroke for a 1 hander. So can end up being late on the ball or having to go deeper in the court which isn’t good for his game.

        The offensive slice is also one of his best shots on grass so I like it.

  1. Great win against Funky Flo
    Would have liked Rublev instead of Khachanov

    Gasquet pretty strong vs Haase as well

  2. Hey all, Roger in the semis, if he wins Halle he will be 3rd seed for Wimby. I think…. he will want that πŸ™‚ Go Goat πŸ™‚ I cannot watch tomorrow, but I will watch Sunday…. so… please make it that far πŸ™‚ Go Rog πŸ™‚

  3. 4th! Equiv to gold for me! ??!
    Good match! Never out of 2nd gear, NID, gave him
    A chance to practise all those slices BHs!!
    FH winner count ????.
    Movement good!

    Karen going to hit a lot harder but I just feel Rog will hv too much variety for him! Old rule applies tomorrow! Take care of yr own serve first!
    BTW, Sascha absolutely blasting the ball from what I hv seen but Richie may be too wily …
    cld be the oldies in the final!’
    Allez Rog!!

      1. I’m just thinking back to the last time Roger practised with a player from his side of the draw πŸ™‚

  4. Saw a lot of chip and slice BHs in the highlights.

    Me no likey 2 mph floaters that give the opponent 4 minutes to decide on the response.

    Is Fed just resting the arm?

  5. Yeah this one was really impressive. At times he looked automatic in his play. Maybe not quite at his free-flowing best, but he seems to be getting there pretty quickly. Provided we don;t see any drop tomorrow I’m happy to put Halle down as a success here.

  6. Federer was sharp and aggressive
    Khachanov was fairly impressive
    Whether he has the goods I doubt
    To take the King of Grass out

    Straight sets again for Fed

    Sascha showed some fight. He should get through Gasquet

    The finals will be fun

  7. To me, tomorrow will be interesting but again the real test will come in the final, especially if Roger plays Alexander Zverev. This is an up and coming youngster and we have to be careful. He’s already beaten Roger here last year and he’ll be very eager to win his first Halle title after losing the final last year.

    Then again, losing to Zverev won’t be the end, especially if Zverev loses early at Wimbledon or gets beaten by a quality opponent there.

    Nonetheless, it would be much better for Roger’s confidence if he is able to take care of business. Also, Gasquet could upset also. He’s no slouch on grass either.

    We shall see.

    1. Zverev is dangerous, big first serve and big off the ground. Will be interesting to see if Gasquet can handle him, I don’t think he has enough matches this year to do it.

  8. Another fine performance from Roger, irrespective of what happens now Halle is a success tournament imo.
    Like Federer himself mentioned : things are falling in place now which is great news heading into SW19. I ed rather see Roger start playing his best tennis in the second week of wimbledon rather than him being drained out in the semis and finals against good upcoming players , I dont mean to say H9lle doesnt coint but guess we re all (including Federer himself) gunning for the biggies(slam or a 1000) this year.

    Caught some of the QF action of Sascha’s – boy he played umbelievable, that composure at the age of 20 is mesmerising. I see him taking tennis forward after Roger is done ( I am sure I ed ever say that ). But his work ethic speaks for himself, super impressed!
    Its only a matter when he becomes a grand slam champion and the future #1.

  9. The look in the top photo says it all….I’m ready to play! Won’t be watching the match tomorrow. On at 4am on a Sat.

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