Back to winning ways at the Hopman Cup for Federer as he defeated Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-4 in just 56 minutes.
A clinical performance in front of the 14,000 strong Western Australian crowd that showcased Federer's free flowing tennis and serve + forehand combination in all it's glory. Anyway, best not to get too carried away; it's an Exhibition, and he leads the H2H 15-2 but still fun huh 😉
Quick Match Recap
Gasquet won the toss and elected to receive. The Frenchman forced Federer to deuce, but the crowd favourite held and broke through himself in game four to lead 3-1. That was quickly consolidated and at 4-1 deuce an impressive rally gave the Swiss his second break point of the game which he converted for 5-1. He served out the set to 15 to get it done in just 26 minutes.
Gasquet was looking out of ideas at the end of the first set and despite playing more aggressively in set two Fed was too much to handle. Breaking for 3-1 in effortless fashion and coasting through his next three service games to take it 6-4. Gasquet couldn't fashion a single break point in the entire match and Roger held the advantage in all areas, even backhand winners.
|Roger Federer||Richard Gasquet|
|First Serve Points Won||25/34 (74%)||24/36 (67%)|
|Second Serve Points Won||12/14 (86%)||6/15 (40%)|
|Break Points Won||3/8 (38%)||0/0|
|Net Points Won||11/13 (85%)||2/3 (67%)|
|Total Points Won||58||41|
Thoughts on the Match
It's the third match into the year, so I'm starting to see the ball better and better.
Routine win here as I expected as the match up is in Federer's favour. Gasquet is a talented shotmaker but aside from his backhand which is world class all other elements of his game are just decent, and that doesn't get it done against the best.
We don't learn much about Fed's level from this (the Zverev match far more interesting from that side of things), but it looks like he held up great physically and moved around the court with precision throughout which is what we want to see.
Roger Rasheed said during the commentary he'd spoken to Federer pre-match, and the Swiss said he was surprised that he had little to no muscle pain after 2h 30m on the court against Zverev. It looks like that five-course degustation lunch at the Mondoon Estate is a good form of recovery 🙂
Next Stop Melbourne
Roger's next stop will be the Australian Open after Bencic lost her singles to Kiki Mladenovic and the Swiss got outplayed in the mixed doubles to lose the tie 2-1. It would have been good to see another match here in Perth but 3 singles matches is decent enough prep.
He'll be seeded 17th which means Djokovic or Murray could be fourth-round opponents should he make it. Tasty! As always let me know your thoughts in the comments.