Easy pickings for the Swiss Maestro in Basel as he swept aside Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 in 57 minutes to move into the Quarter Finals. The Frenchman entered the tie having never won a set against the seven-time champion and he didn't come any closer tonight, winning just four games and not creating a single break point opportunity.
As for Federer it was the fifteenth time he's made it into the Quarter Finals at the Swiss Indoors and he did so in routine fashion, coming through a lengthy opening service game and breaking Paire four times in the match to book his spot in the last eight.
Quick Match Recap
Paire won the toss and elected to receive. The Frenchman was able to make deuce on the Federer serve but Roger held and then immediately broke for 2-0. The break was consolidated for 3-0 and although Paire held his next service game, that was the last time he troubled the scoreboard in the set as Roger ran away with it 6-1.
Into set two and Paire had the trainer out for a back issue after which he seemed to serve slightly better, holding for 1-0 and saving three break points to hold for 2-1. The pair then traded love holds as Roger levelled things up at three all but Paire's resistance ended as he was broken to love in game seven. Fed consolidated the break for 5-3 after a deuce game and then broke for the second time in the set to take it 6-3 in 57 minutes.
|Roger Federer||Benoit Paire|
|1st Serve Points Won||71%(24/34)||64%(18/28)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||64%(14/22)||33%(7/21)|
|Break Points Saved||0%(0/0)||56%(5/9)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||36%(10/28)||29%(10/34)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||67%(14/21)||36%(8/22)|
|Break Points Converted||44%(4/9)||0%(0/0)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Net Points Won||64% (14/22)||78% (7/9)|
|Service Points Won||68%(38/56)||51%(25/49)|
|Return Points Won||49%(24/49)||32%(18/56)|
|Return Points Won||59%(62/105)||41%(43/105)|
Thoughts on the Match
Straightforward win this one against a mercurial type opponent. Paire looked disinterested after dropping serve early and the result was never really in doubt. The Frenchman played some ok stuff in patches but his forehand is a liability and he never looked like a winner out there. Like I said in my preview it was unlikely Roger would match the level against Tiafoe and that's partly due to the opponent; one minute he was injured, the next he was trying to play midcourt tweeners down love thirty so he's not easy to play against in that regard.
Despite that Fed did a stellar enough job, a few errors but he didn't drop serve or face a single break point so it was never really a contest. So really just about getting the job done with zero fuss which was mission accomplished; not the best viewing when one guy is going through the motions but he's into the Quarters without breaking a sweat and that bodes well for the business end of the tournament.
Predictions vs. Mannarino
Next up is Mannarino who defeated Shapovalov in three sets. I caught most of it and after playing a great first set the young gun came a cropper to Mannarino's style of play. The Frenchman has no real weapons but he's so good at moving the ball around the court and working angles. He also defended superbly and Shapovalov kept bailing out of rallies by simply going for too much.
Roger leads the H2H 4-0 and Mannarino is yet to win a set. They've played in Basel before too in 2013 when Fed lost just 5 games so I think Fed comes through this one comfortably. Mannarino is arguably a slightly better player since they last played and he's had a good season but I just cannot see where he will bag enough cheap points to make it competitive. Fed in straights.