A 14th Quarter Final for Roger Federer awaits in Halle after he defeated Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5 in 69 minutes at the Gerry Weber Open. Like his opener not the most convincing of matches but he played a decisive first set and somehow recovered from a 1-4 deficit in the second to setup a tie with David Goffin tomorrow.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve holding to 15 for a 1-0 lead. Jaziri levelled and then had a break point opportunity in game 3, Roger saved it and held for 2-1. Back to back love holds followed but with Federer leading 4-3 Jaziri slipped to 15-40 and could only save the first break point. Roger served out the set to 30 to take it 6-3.
Set two saw the Tunisian get off to a great start, holding and then breaking to love after Roger played a both tame and casual game to drop serve. The break was quickly consolidated and after some more big hitting Jaziri found himself up 4-1.
In game 7 Roger took advantage of a Jaziri double fault at 30 all to setup a break point which he converted after Jaziri incorrectly stopped play to challenge. The Swiss then held to level and at 5-5 he fashioned another break point which was again converted to lead 6-5 Upon serving for the match Fed slipped to 0-30 but showed his skills to avoid facing three break points and won the next 4 points to move into the quarter finals.
|R. Federer||M. Jaziri|
|1st Serve %||67%||45%|
|1st Serve Points Won||31/39 (79%)||21/25 (84%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||10/19 (53%)||14/31 (45%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/2 (50%)||1/4 (25%)|
|Service Games Played||11||10|
|1st Return Points Won||4/25 (16%)||8/39 (21%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||17/31 (55%)||9/19 (47%)|
|Break Points Won||3/4 (75%)||1/2 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||10||11|
|Net Points Won||7||4|
|Total Service Points Won||41/58 (71%)||35/56 (63%)|
|Total Return Points Won||21/56 (38%)||17/58 (29%)|
|Total Points Won||62/114 (54%)||52/114 (46%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Quickfire match this but one that Roger was lucky to win in straight sets as Jaziri is a tricky opponent with flashy shots, a big forehand and an unpredictability which can work well on grass. In fact had Jaziri shown a bit more composure he'd have taken it three but he made errors at key moments see the second set and the match slip away.
As for Fed, I must say it's not easy to watch his matches in Stuttgart and Halle so far as he's clearly not 100% and is still trying to find his game. Still winning which is the main thing but whilst watching I always have the back injury in the back of my mind and Fed is still looking pretty cautious out there. Today he started well but after boxing of the first set all of a sudden looked stiff, wasn't moving great and some of his attempts to come in behind his serve were almost in slow motion. No real spring in his step to dance around the court like we are used to and his return game hasn't come together yet at all. Jaziri was serving at 40% for most of the match but was rarely pressured on his 2nd serve which made things all a bit too easy. Luckily he threw in some mistakes and Roger opened his shoulders to rip some groundstrokes on those key points at the end of set 2 to come through unscathed.
So just like yesterday really, not a performance that you'll remember but another W in the victories column which is all we can ask for. Hopefully he can get at least 2 more matches here in prep for Wimbledon.
Predictions vs. Goffin
Next up is David Goffin who came through his match with Stakhovsky after the Ukrainian retired down 0-2 in the deciding set. Stakhovsky actually served for the match but he couldn't buy a first serve and then fell over on break point which apparently tweaked his back which requird an off court medical time out.
As for the quarters Goffin is going to be a big step up for Fed tomorrow and judging by how Jaziri was able to return his serve then he might have his hands full. Goffin has an effortless return of serve and moves really well around the court so he's going to make Roger hit a lot of balls. So far Fed's been aided by opponents who make cheap errors, Goffin isn't really that sort if guy as he's such a clean ball striker so Roger will have to force the issue.
Of course the Belgian has no real weapons or power which is why he's 0-4 in the H2H but Fed needs to be moving well to exploit that and play first strike tennis. Something we've not seen him do just yet as he's looking rather laboured getting around the court. Tough to predict but I'll say Goffin in 3.
What do you guys think?