An easy nights work for the Swiss Maestro on Ashe as he dismantled Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour and 27 minutes. The match was moved forward an hour due to the weather forecast and the Frenchman simply had no answers for Federer's aggressive gameplan which saw him hit 50 winners, make 76% of first serves and break serve 5 times en route to dropping just 7 games in the match.
Gasquet on the other hand mustered just eight winners and slipped to a 15-2 losing record against Federer in the H2H with the last 7 wins coming for the Swiss without the loss of a set.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve, starting with back to back aces and holding to love. Gasquet levelled before Federer was again finding the aces, holding to 15 to lead 2-1. At 3-2 Federer moved to 0-40 on the Gasquet serve before finally breaking to 30 with an exquisite point.
The break was consolidated to 30 and the Frenchman then had to save three set points at 2-5, 0-40 before Roger served out the set 6-3.
Set 2 saw Roger assert his authority again, breaking to 15 in game 3 and consolidating for a 3-1 lead. At 4-2, we saw SABR for the first time, twice in one game, both unsuccessful though as Gasquet held. Roger was then forced to deuce on his serve but he held for 5-3 before Gasquet double faulted at 30-40 to drop the set 6-3.
2 sets to the good for the Swiss meant the win was now a formality and with Gasquet looking forlorn he was broken to love at the start of set 3. 2-0 quickly became 5-1 with a double break before Federer served it out to 30 to book his spot in the semi finals.
|Stats||Richard Gasquet||Roger Federer|
|1st serves in||44/73 (60%)||53/70 (76%)|
|1st serve points won||27/44 (61%)||46/53 (87%)|
|2nd serve points won||12/29 (41%)||8/17 (47%)|
|Fastest serve||123 MPH||127 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||110 MPH||113 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||89 MPH||92 MPH|
|Net points won||8/10 (80%)||23/28 (82%)|
|Break points won||0/0 (0%)||5/13 (38%)|
|Receiving points won||16/70 (23%)||34/73 (47%)|
|Total points won||55||88|
|Distance Covered (Feet)||3944.1||3936.2|
|Dist. Covered/Pt. (Feet)||27.6||27.5|
Thoughts on the Match
I think I played a very good match, I felt the ball great from the return [and] it helped playing Isner in the previous round and seeing those massive serves. This is going to help me also physically and mentally save energy; I hope because of that, I can play better in the semi-finals.
Easy peasy for the GOAT here as he outplayed Gasquet from start to finish. Roger's serve was on song from the word go, delivering 4 aces in his first 2 service games. Overall he landed 76% first serves, hit 50 winners in 25 games and won 33 more points than his opponent, that's enough for 8 games 😆 basically it was a massacre.
I guess you could say Gasquet played a poor match but Roger played a big part in that, never allowing Gasquet time at the back of the court and pressing him at every opportunity. I don't have a graphic but the average court position for both players was worlds apart. Fed took pretty much every ball inside the baseline whereas Gasquet was easily 1 or 2 metres back. His ground strokes didn't have enough zip on them either to cause Roger any problems. Once Fed began to roll on serve (did you see him ever have to play his follow up shot from a defensive position or on the run?) Gasquet lost pretty much all confidence out there and things got away from him very quickly. As routine a slam Quarter Final as you will ever see.
Predictions vs. Wawrinka
Next up is Stan the man who defeated an Unknown South African in equally impressive fashion. Heading into the match Anderson had won their last 4 meetings but Slams are always a different kettle of fish and Wawrinka served up a third set bagel to get it done.
I didn't see the match but it looks as though AnderGOAT was cooked after his big win over Murray creating just 1 break point and losing his own serves 5 times. From the highlights Stan played smart tennis, taking up an attacking position on return and just coming out on top in most of the baseline exchanges.
As for the semi final I think this match still sits on Federer's racquet so it will be interesting to see how things work out. Fed got outplayed when they met at Roland Garros earlier in the year but prior to that in Rome he dispatched Stan comfortably.
I think the key for Fed in this will be how well he returns Stan's serve, especially the second serve. If you look at that match in Rome Fed was very aggressive, taking the ball way up the court and putting Stan into positions he can't unload his powershots from. If he can do that in Friday's semi final I like his chances. Fed in 3. 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.