ATP 250Brisbane InternationalRoger Federer

Federer Sees Off Dimitrov in Brisbane to Make Semi Finals

A hard fought win for Federer in Friday’s Brisbane Quarter Final as he defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 to keep his title defense hopes alive. A stylish 36 minute opener from the Swiss was followed by an up and down 2nd set which saw Dimitrov hit back to force a third set. In the decider Roger remained solid, taking advantage to break serve at 2-2 before finally closing it out 6-4 after spurning 3 match points at 3-5 0/40.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Brisbane Quarter Finals 2016

Federer won the toss and elected to serve, holding to love in speedy fashion. Dimitrov quickly levelled to 15 before Roger again reeled off a love hold. At 2-1 the Swiss made his first inroads with a 30-30 but Dimitrov held firm. Fed again held to love and in game 6 had his first break point which Dimitrov stamped out with a big serve. 3-3 was soon 4-4, and Roger played another stylish service game, hitting a backhand half volley flick on game point to move 5-4 ahead. Serving to stay in the set Dimitrov slipped to 15-40 but saved both set points with huge first serves, however Roger chip charged at deuce to force the error and converted his third set point with a slightly lucky net cord and a poor miss from Dimitrov.

Set 2 saw Fed serving first again and he held to love for a 1-0 lead. Dimitrov responded for 1-1 and pushed Roger to deuce on his serve with two great points. The scoreboard quickly ticked over to 3-3 and Dimitrov was starting to play more aggressively, fashioning two break points which he converted when Roger missed a down the line forehand. The break was consolidated for a 5-3 lead before Roger held for 4-5. Dimitrov then had the set on his racquet but faltered, getting broken to 30 and only making 2 of 6 first serves.

Both players then traded holds to force a tie break where Dimitrov pulled away, winning the first point on Roger’s serve and taking it 7-4. Sloppy from Fed in places but Dimitrov came up with some good shots.

Momentum was now firmly on Dimitrov’s side and he held to 15 for a 1-0 lead. Roger responded with a love hold and at 2 games all the Swiss got the all important breakthrough. The key turning point was the forehand Dimitrov missed at 15-15, he went for a huge inside in but netted it. Roger then broke, consolidated for 4-2. |Fed missed 3 match points at 5-3 but served it out to love with some clever spot serving to take it 6-4. Allez!

Match Stats

R.Β Federer G.Β Dimitrov
Aces 7 8
Double Faults 1 2
1st Serve % 63% 60%
1st Serve Points Won 45/52 (87%) 46/62 (74%)
2nd Serve Points Won 19/31 (61%) 21/42 (50%)
Break Points Saved 0/1 (0%) 8/11 (73%)
Service Games Played 16 16
1st Return Points Won 16/62 (26%) 7/52 (13%)
2nd Return Points Won 21/42 (50%) 12/31 (39%)
Break Points Won 3/11 (27%) 1/1 (100%)
Return Games Played 16 16
Winners 28 30
Unforced Errors 26 27
Net Points Won 27/35 12/22
Total Service Points Won 64/83 (77%) 67/104 (64%)
Total Return Points Won 37/104 (36%) 19/83 (23%)
Total Points Won 101/187 (54%) 86/187 (46%)
SABR 0/0 0/0


Thoughts on the Match

Federer defeats Dimitrov Brisbane 2016

Flying start, sloppy middle and a decent ending is the best way to sum this one up. Roger played almost the perfect first set, soaking up all Dimitrov’s flashy shots with his own brilliance and taking the ball mega early to drop just 2 points on serve. The second though saw him slump, looked a bit tired, was seen massaging his leg at a changeover, coughing into his towel and Dimitrov upped his game – playing more aggressively himself to deservedly take the set in a breaker even though he should have served it out first time of asking. The third set then saw Dimitrov’s level drop and Federer’s stay consistent to come through.

The key turning point was at 2-2, 15-15. Dimitrov blazed a high risk inside in forehand to the net and lost the next 2 points to drop serve. Up until that point he looked confident with momentum on his side and Roger looking a little laboured from the back of the court. Instead of just going cross court and testing Roger’s fitness out he went for the big shot. Would have been a clean winner had it come off but instead it derailed his service game and he never got back into it. I’m not sure he will get a better shot at beating Roger than this one to be honest, he had the match right there after winning the second set. Roger was not moving as well as he had done earlier in the game but Dimitrov faded quickly only winning 2 points on the return after being broken.

As for Fed he looked awesome in the first set and a half, then ordinary for the remainder. With the flu perhaps his stamina isn’t quite there, combined with a lack of matches too makes it harder to keep the level really high for 2 hours or more. Dimitrov did play well too though, hitting some big groundstroke winners and it is easily the best match he’s played against Federer so far in 4 encounters.

Predictions vs. Thiem

Federer Thiem

Next up is Dominic Thiem who defeated Marin Cilic in three sets earlier in the day. Thiem won 3 titles last year and he’s a dangerous player so could pose something of a threat. Federer’s never played him before either but he has practised with him so has a good idea of what to expect.

I saw Thiem play Gasquet in Basel where he was outplayed and the one thing he needs his time to tee up his shots – will Roger give him that on this surface? He rushed Dimitrov in the first set and I think Thiem needs more time than Grigor so if Roger presses forward and keeps the court position like today’s first set he should be ok. Hopefully the lurgy and his legs are good to go with the short turnaround for tomorrow’s match at 2pm local.


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  1. Great shot making from both players, hopefully Roger will play as well as the first set in the following matches and tournaments ??????



  2. Not getting a first comment frustrates me more than roger’s break point conversion rate,
    jonathan ,the first comment idea is great but can you add something more on your blog which is a little less competitive .Although it is an ATP 250 event but there is grandslam level competition out here on the blog?

    Just saw the highlights,I loved the way he played the first set,the feverer got betterer after the second set and won it,the only problem is Fed would have less recovery time (18 hours) and flu will not make it any easier so fingers crossed for tomorrow

      1. Why not have points per article ? As in for atp 250 tournament for a first round you get so many points for coming first and second and for each such match you have particular points. Just like we have in tennis. It might be a little harder to implement but surely it will add to the fun !!

      2. I just had a crazy idea which will be difficult to implement.I will copy Ajay ‘s idea lol.the first comment thing is awesome but you can add another element if it is convenient. For eg if a guy has a first comment on a match report which says Fed reaches masters 1000 semi then he gets 360 points.if Fed wins grandslam and a lucky person has first comment on that match report written he gets 2000 points.Just like race to London ,we can maintain a table .For non competition related Fed stuff like articles on outfit and general tennis articles,100 points can be fixed.So in order to gain points players will need to perform well on big occasion.2016 has just started so till wtf the one who gets most points can be the winner.

      3. It’s an idea – what does everyone else think? Keep it as 1 point for a win, or e.g. a match report for a Masters 1000 final win gets 1000 points.

        I can’t be giving points for 2,3,4 and so on though, it’s hard enough keeping a tally of who comes first. But I could change the allocation to tie in with various rounds / events if you come first.

  3. Thanks for the highlights. It looked like an entertaining match. Hope Fed is over the effects of the flu. Yes, if he can take time away from Thiem he should have no real problem against a young, talented player.

      1. Wouldn’t normally be concerned against Thiem, but wondering if the long match, short recovery period and flu might make a difference, since you’re saying he looked below par. Guess it’ll be well over by the time I wake up – bit mean of the powers that be to switch the start time that significantly.

  4. The baby was finally put to bed
    Sure, I’m talking about BabyFed
    But baby did not sleep very fast
    Kept on resisting right to the last

    Its Dominic Time now, I mean Thiem of course…

  5. It was good for Fed to be tested, esp while sick. I like his slightly earlier p/us on groundies and his aggressive returns. It is a pleasure to see two guys with one-handed backhands. Dimitrov needs to finesse his net game. But good win for our boy.

  6. Entertaining match with some crazy points from both guys especially Dimitrov, I enjoyed.

    In the chat room we panicked seen Fed coughing and massaging his leg πŸ˜† Our sick old man was indeed awesome even after his stamina faded away he showed great state of mind and defence skill to pull off. Impressive, really.

    Fed throwing all his infected towels to spectators πŸ˜† What those fan caught would do with it? Just wondering…

    1. Yeah they looked like plain white towels. I have no idea what you’d do with it, I wouldn’t want one but if I did get one I’d just wash it and use it as a court towel…

  7. “Sloppy from Fed in places but Dimitrov came up with some good shots” pretty much sums it up, I think. Glad to see the first serve % a little improved. Good hustle from both of them in spots – trouble getting it over the net in others.

    Will be interesting to see a first match with one of the youngsters. (I was going to say something about a possible rematch of last year’s final, but have reconsidered, & will keep it one match at a time! πŸ˜‰ )

  8. 12th. Had to get my beauty rest. Next match better time! Infected towels…..small pox epidemic?

    Not much time to rest for our Fed. Enjoyed some of the points and shot making.

      1. You’ve got a good point there! Sometimes I wonder why spectators fight over soggy wrist or head bands. Yuck.
        Other people’s sweat and bacteria? Thanks, I’ll pass.

        (I would take an overgrip gladly, but only if it came with a frame attached…)

      2. I think Djoker has chucked a racquet in the crowd before? Would be awesome to get one but no doubt you’d get some ambulance chaser putting a claim in saying they got injured.

        And who would give away an expensive bit of kit to someone who shouts the loudest from the sidelines?

      1. Meant all afternoon, not all day! And it *was* a non-live relay of a theatre production, so I mind the price less than for normal films. Far cheaper than actually going to the theatre, anyway.

  9. Federer is A good I must say considering its just his second match of the year, hope he recovers well for tommorow. As for Dimitrov : glad you dropped your sugarpova mate. He looked ultra aggresive and intense out there.
    Grigor might just be my reason to stick to tennis postFederer.
    The funny part was the first set, lightening tennis by both guys aged just about the same right?? :p Australian Open should take lessons from Brisbane tennis for Court speeds really.

  10. Best match I’ve seen Grigor play against Feds, and in fact the best match I’ve seen him play for a very long time. I thought last year he had the yips – seemed to have lost his serve altogether. Certainly he seems to have firmed everything up through his practice block. He’ll take some positives from this, although it has to be noted that even with Feds nowhere near 100%, he still couldn’t do it. πŸ˜‰

    Excellent serving from our guy – 87% first serve and 61% second serve points won are great stats to read. Thiem a strong and talented player – a tough one for Feds with not much rest. Allez champ!

  11. To be honest in the 2nd set, I thought Dimitrov played the match of his life and still nearly lost that lol.

  12. Hey Conal, if you are going to read this… happy birthday. But uhm… yesterday, today, tomorrow, day after?? I think I will write it down this time. Anyway, congrats

      1. Dude….. told you already…. I have a pretty pretty pretty good memory…. not perfect…. but….. pretty good πŸ™‚

        Hey Alison, locked yours up πŸ™‚

  13. Hey Jon, great post. But… I think I have another idea about Dimitrov. You wrote this was probably his best chance to beat Roger…. which might be true…. but I think I am going to pick Dimi as the “watch out player of 2016” !!! I was really impressed with him. Played fast, aggressive, nice shots. I mean…. come on…. the Goat doesn’t applaud shots… but if he does…. you MUST have made an incredible one (and Dimi did).
    I was also very impressed with how much he came to the net. He came 2 or 3 times more to the net than Roger. I thought he rushed Roger a lot today. Is that true??

    And the reason why he is my pick for this year is his coach. Delpo’s former coach. The one with Delpo won a GS and was a pain in the ass for the top 4. I don’t know…. only good things can come from that. I wish it does…. just not when Dimi has to play Roger πŸ™‚

    And what can you say about Roger?? He could have “lost” and rest 2 days more, but he just won’t lose, will he?? Hope he REMEMBERS that also when he plays Satan. It still amazes me to see the age diff between Roger and some of his opponents. Today a diff of 9 or 10 years and still he is keeping up with Dimi.

    That is why I really think he will get his “praise and due” when the others reach his age and when people know just how difficult it is to reach number 1 or 2 or 3 against multiple generations…. without winning slams….

    1. Hi Katyani, if all goes well, I will be watching your love in the Rotterdam semis in person. I am coming to the Netherlands on a 10 day academic visit.

      1. Hey Jiten bro, what’s up?? Long time no reaction. Anyway, you will be very welcome in Holland. For me it will also be the first time I see the love of my life live !!! Cannot wait πŸ™‚

    2. He needs to change his throw up/landing point on serve if he is to rush the net… Lands too far back, so consistently late to the net and has to play a tough ball as we saw!

      1. Yup, Paul Annacone said it on TennisTV. He’s good in the commie box as actually talks tactics / technique. Said he explodes upwards, but not into the court. Hard for us to see that without side view camera.

    3. Hey Katyani,

      Dimi came to net less than Roger, 22 times vs 35. And I think the opposite – Fed rushes Dimi which means he has to try come up with worldie shots almost every point. Everyone says they are quite similar players, which they are to a degree but Fed forehand way better and he can take the ball much earlier. Dimitrov prefers time.

      1. Hey Jon and others, thanks for explaining. To be honest, every Roger match I am way too nervous to see things clearly, but I love how they both play. Kudos for Dimi and ofcourse for Roger. But man…. can someone please help Roger with the bp?? Come on Ljubi

  14. Turns out the sf was easier than expected. Or so it seems from the score. I’m yet to see the footage and read Jon’s comment.

  15. 1st set classic Fed, breaking at 5-4. Second set, classic Fed, walkabout after failing to break, poor TB! 3rd set, classic Grigor, fading from 2 all when Rog actually looking weary!

    Luckily Thiem played like an overawed Junior today with heart rate at 200 plus! Complete schooling apart from lapse at 1-0 2nd set!

    Milos inside out FH looking good so hopefully Lubs will give Fed some info on that! I expect a tough final, hoping Fed can edge it… Got to serve well ( as ever)

  16. Lovely set of highlights, looked like a generally good match, and thanks to the ATP for not taking them down before I’d watched them!

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