Normal match reports can now resume and it couldn't be an easier one to start with as Federer just destroyed Seppi 6-1 6-1 in 47 minutes at the Paris Masters in Bercy. It was an absolute demolition job from start to finish as the Swiss converted 5 of his 6 break points and dropped just 9 points on serve to setup a tie in the last 16 against John Isner.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive breaking to 30 thanks to a perfect run around the backhand inside out return. The break was quickly consolidated to 15 and Roger then moved up a double break. A hold to love followed for 4-0 before Seppi got his first game on the board. Another love hold put Roger 5-1 up and the Swiss broke for the third time, hitting a sweet dropshot then a ridiculous lob on set point to seal it 6-1.
Into set 2 and Roger immediately slipped to 0-40, a bit out of the blue but he saved them in style to hold for 1-0 and the broke to lead 2-0. 2 SABR's in game 4, one followed by an awesome rally, saw Federer break again for 4-0 and despite Seppi avoiding the bagel with a hold for 1-5 Fed served it out nonchalantly to record victory in just 47 minutes. Not quite as quick as his win vs. Golovanov in Moscow one time but still pretty impressive.
|A. Seppi||R. Federer|
|1st Serve %||37%||65%|
|1st Serve Points Won||11/16 (69%)||20/26 (77%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||8/27 (30%)||11/14 (79%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/6 (17%)||4/4 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||7||7|
|1st Return Points Won||6/26 (23%)||5/16 (31%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||3/14 (21%)||19/27 (70%)|
|Break Points Won||0/4 (0%)||5/6 (83%)|
|Return Games Played||7||7|
|Net Points Won||0/2||9/14|
|Total Service Points Won||19/43 (44%)||31/40 (78%)|
|Total Return Points Won||9/40 (23%)||24/43 (56%)|
|Total Points Won||28/83 (34%)||55/83 (66%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Well talk about starting off Bercy with a bang and it looks like Fed is on a high from Basel as he completely destroyed Seppi. I mean it was almost embarrassing for the Italian out there as Roger just schooled him in all areas. Basically 47 minutes of every shot coming good and Seppi looking out of ideas.
It is probably the Seppi's worst surface though so a win for him was unlikely but to lose 6-1 6-1 when you're 28 in the world isn't great 😆 . As for Fed he was just in untouchable mode and whilst slower courts aren't ideal for him against the real top drawer grinders, against someone like Seppi he can just setup the points exactly how he wants them to play it and control things. In fact the match reminded me a bit of when he schooled Simon in Rome 2013. All about working the angles for Fed on these types of surfaces and there is only really Murray who comes close to him in terms of understanding the geometry of the court.
Predictions vs. Isner
Next up is Isner who beat product of Roehampton and LTA wonderkid Alijaz Bedene in two sets. Fed leads the H2H 5-1 and played a great match vs. Isner 2 months ago at the US Open. A court like Paris should be good for Isner especially with his top spin serve so it could be a tough one depending on how well Isner actually plays – when he serves well and gets his forehand going he can be very dangerous but this late in the year he tends to be physically not the best and the fact Bedene took him to a tiebreak makes me think Fed will just have too much for him and get enough balls in play to fashion breaks of serve. I'll pick Fed in three sets 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.