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Federer Sneaks Past Evans Into 3rd Round at Australian Open

The Swiss Won Through 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 and Will Face Taylor Fritz in Round 3

Roger Federer is into the third round at Melbourne Park for a 20th consecutive year after defeating Dan Evans 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Many, including myself, had expected a routine victory for the Swiss and although it was ultimately a comfortable straight set win, Evans put up a real fight. The Brit was able to hold a 5-3 lead in the first set tie break and made every set competitive; showing exactly why he made the fourth round here two years ago beating Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem in the process.

Ultimately though Roger proved just that bit too strong and more authoritative on serve when it mattered to come through unscathed and set up a tie with Taylor Fritz in Round three after the American defeated Gael Monfils in four sets, three of which were tiebreaks that could have gone either way.

Quick Match Recap

Federer Round 2 AO

Evans won the toss and elected to receive. A hold to love put Roger up 1-0 before Evans responded with two aces en route to a love hold of his own.

The Swiss then had to recover from 0-30 to hold before Evans again levelled for 2-2. With Fed's ground game a little off on timing and the Brit's serve working well the pair exchanged more holds as the score ticked along to 4-4.

A minor rain delay halted play briefly with Roger leading 5-4 and Evans held on resumption. A love hold put Roger up 6-5 and although he'd been able to make inroads into his last couple of return games Evans saved a set point to force a tie break.

Into the breaker and Evans moved up a mini-break immediately. Roger recovered, winning both return points to lead 2-1. But the trend continued as Evans won the next two himself for a 3-2 lead. Roger again recovered the mini-break but faltered at 3-4 after a weak approach. 

At 5-4 the set was on the Brit's racquet but a serve and volley attempt didn't pay off and he lost both points to hand Roger a set point which he converted to snatch the set.

At the change of ends, Evans received a brief medical timeout for a blister and he got off to a poor start in set two, falling down a break in game one. Roger then brought out the drop shots to test the effects of friction on Evans as he held for 2-0.

From there it looked like a comfortable set would ensue but Evans hit back, breaking in game ten after saving a set point in game nine. A hold then put the Brummie up 6-5 before Roger held to love for another tie break.

This time around it was the Swiss who started strong, moving up 3-0 with some solid play. That was soon 5-2 and another mini break saw him move up 6-3 as he took the set 7-3.

Into the third set and two love holds from Roger put him up 2-1 and in game four he managed to break serve from 15-40 down, aided by Evans missing a fairly easy putaway off a net cord that Roger managed to dodge as it sailed long.

The break this time proved decisive and a love hold consolidated it for 4-1 as the Swiss went to serve it out with no issues, taking it 6-3.

Match Stats

  Dan Evans Roger Federer
Aces 4 11
Double faults 0 1
1st serve in 61% (70/115) 63% (62/99)
Win 1st serve 73% (51/70) 84% (52/62)
Win 2nd serve 47% (21/45) 65% (24/37)
Break points won 33% (1/3) 40% (2/5)
Net points won 53% (16/30) 74% (46/61)
Receiving points won 22% (22/99) 37% (43/115)
Winners 28 56
Return winners 0 0
Unforced errors 14 17
Return unforced errors 0 1
Total points won 95 119
Fastest serve 203 kmh 203 kmh
1st Serve Average 186 kmh 187 kmh
2nd serve average 153 kmh 155 kmh

Highlights

Thoughts on the Match

Federer 2R AO2019

I have high regard, you know, in Dan. I think he's a good player. I've seen him play some really good matches over the years. I see why he can cause difficulties to players. He's got a nice slice, defending the court well. He has the variation, which is always a hard thing to play against. He was feeling it today, I thought. He was very sort of cat and mouse a bit. Very interesting. I liked the match. I thought he was playing well. It was enjoyable, yeah.

A tough and fun match here for the Swiss Maestro as he faced a tricky opponent who played at a high level throughout.

I was expecting a tight opening set and then Roger to pull away but Evans had other ideas, making just 14 unforced errors and serving at 61% to make it competitive from start to finish. 

The good thing is though Roger actually enjoys playing against this type of player as it's somewhat of a throwback in style.

As he said in his post-match on-court interview, it's in some ways like playing a mirror image of himself with a lot of slicing, only he has a height advantage and a more effective serve.

So rather than get frustrated by Evans slicing and dicing, he embraces it and I thought he played a very clean match serving at 63% and firing 56 winners to just 17 unforced errors. 

With no sets dropped, I'm not sure you can really ask for more, it was his first-day match in a while and in fairly cool conditions his timing was a bit off in the first set but it only got better as the match wore on.

Obviously, he got a bit lucky in the key opening set as Evans had it on his racquet but he took advantage and from there it was never really in much doubt.

As for Evo, I've always liked his game, and he serves big to say he's not a tall guy. He has a lot going for him so hopefully, he can back up this performance with a good run at some of the smaller events he'll be playing next and get back into the Top 100 with a view of cracking the Top 50.

Predictions vs. Taylor Fritz

Fritz Federer

Next up is Taylor Fritz who beat 30th seed Gael Monfils in four sets in a match that lasted over 3 hours. The American is one of the ‘Next Gen' players and showed a lot of promise as a junior.

Since he turned pro in 2015 he's not had a huge amount of success since making the final in Memphis in what was only his third ever ATP event but he put together some decent results at the back end of last season and looks to be improving again.

Roger leads the H2H 1-0 with his win coming in Stuttgart back in 2016. The two also practised together at Wimbledon in 2015 so he at least has some familiarity with his game. 

Fritz is the quintessential baseliner, he serves big and hits hard off both wings. That's about it so if Fed is on anywhere near his A game he should have too much in his arsenal.

I think the surface will suit Fritz's game of hitting fairly hard and flat so he'll likely make it competitive but if Roger doesn't get pushed back too far and too often I like his chances of coming through comfortably.

What did you make of the match against Evans? Predictions vs. Fritz? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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158 Comments

  1. Way tougher than I thought it would be. Very glad that Roger played at a high level throughout to get thru in straight sets. Fritz has the the type of game that can cause problems if Roger is not at his best and plays a day match on a hot day. Hope it is an easy match at night. It will get tougher from the 4th with Tsitipas, so might as well get an easy one in the next round.

  2. Fed was solid today, Evans was stalwart in the first two sets. It was a fun match to watch. I expect a successful straight set win on Friday. Everything is looking good. Thanks for the write up Jonathan.

  3. Didn’t watch because of timing,annoying as it sounds a fun match against the Brumagen Button.
    Glad Monfils is out as he can give Fed problems.
    You do have to admire Bautista Agut,after that five setter with Murray with the crowd against him very unfairly I felt,he has
    just come through another five setter against Millman with the crowd against him again.Wonderful composure and a great
    fighting spirit.

    Fritz got the better of Monfils,still remembering that five setter at the American Open that wore Fed out for his match
    against Cilic.

      1. Oh yes I am sure he can.That was an impressive win over Monfils,three tie breaks in that match I think.I have never seen him play,I hope it is on at a reasonable time here.

  4. Though match, more than expected but Roger always seemed in control (except maybe for the first set TB). When it started raining I thought it was part of his plan to close the roof and avoid playing under the sunlight, he is such a genius.

    #GoRoger

  5. A very entertaining match, enjoyed the shot making by Roger and Dan. Kudos to Evans to pushing Roger, he played really good and I am glad Roger manage to win in straights. Hope he didnt waste a lot of energy on court and prepare for his next day match against Fritz.

  6. Evans was playing out of his tree. Couldn’t miss; often making the lines. Roger had his work cut out. It didn’t help when the shanks appeared (why does virtually no other top player routinely commit this kind of solecism?) The match was much closer than the score suggested. If Roger was made to work this hard by Evans it made me wonder what it will be like if he comes up against a top 5 or even top 10 opponent.

  7. Sharapova is currently shrieking away on centre court. It is yet another failure of the sport that the practice wasn’t outlawed years ago. Meanwhile, The Most Injured Athlete in Sport is back, running and blasting line-skimming winners from every part of the court, despite a long injury lay-off, then incurring another injury causing him to miss the warm up tournament, and now (according to the commentators) with a bigger serve than previously. Just like that. Only Nadal. Roger, eat your heart out.

    1. I read shrieking is taught at IMG, disgusting! Oh well professional sports anything goes, like blind eyes to career ending injuries that get mentioned millions of times a year for schedule breaks with out criticism & to rejig the game, but then never mentioned by Sir Andy who might be gone at 31 &!shocks everyone! Bad & sad looks of tennis .
      Thankful Roger & some worthy ones are still playing or coming through …Fed is a beacon of decency, pretty play & still the best in tennis enjoyment wise win or lose , on or off the court . Fritz seems a good kid, with a kid already hopefully we all get to see another win & Fritz is not demoralised as so many seek to do to their opponents in a win!

    2. I completely agree about Sharapova and all the other female shriekers,can’t bear to watch any of
      Them.As for Nadal you know what I think of him?

    3. Sharapova will prob be gone when she runs into someone half decent. Her serve is a liability. Harriet Dart lost 6-0 6-0 and Sharapova still hit 7 doubles or something. How can you not get a game with those donations 😆

  8. 1st round: tried to go home as soon as i can to watch his night match but they broadcast murrays match and tried to watch online and it was 3rd set already and it was almost finish.?
    2nd round and it was a good time to watch coz its almost lunch time in our country p. I was so excited and then my boss suddenly called an emergency meeting……?
    3rd round: i have mountain climbing schedule on friday to sat and i can’t backout coz my friend was very excited bcoz its her first time and we scheduled it for weeks..?

    Fudge… when can i watch his whole match??

    Saw d highlights again and federer hit the ball pretty good. Have u notice the ball looks hard that it has a very crispy sound unlike d past few years.. fed hits it hard and its actually nice but nadal would be very dangerous with that also.
    So far his opponent was a good challenge for him and i think he was 3xcited ang thrilled…

  9. Evans is a good match player, he just an overall edge to him and I thought Federer played well , it wasn’t like his level was really low (2 to 1 winners to errors ratio says something ). First tiebreaker was tight though. The only worrying thing was dropping serve when serving for the 2nd set after comfortably holding.

    On a positive, Federer had been losing a few tiebreakers at the end of last season , including 2 vs Djokovic and then vs Zverev .

  10. Nadal is a beast, he is looking really good. I thought it was very interesting to see that the “New Players DNA rating” ranked him 1st in 3 out of 4 categories. Impressive.

    1. Interesting how he always improves after an “injury” break. (And he has so many injuries.) I always found injuries impaired performance, and recovery was uncertain, slow, and difficult. But not for the Spaniard. More players should get more injured more often – it’s clearly a formula for success (although so far it only seems to work for him).

      1. That talks about the quality of the player. Despite of all his injuries he always managed to comeback strong. I would love to see how many GS’s he would have by now if the had a healthier career, there is no doubt in my mind he would be leading the GS count and YE No1 already.

      2. BS. How can a player who incurs more injuries than virtually any other top player never be seriously affected by his injuries? He has no miraculous powers of recovery that any other athlete would have, otherwise he would not be chronically injured in the first place. I would bet the house, the car and the dog something else is going on. Jim Courier asked him how he keeps making these extraordinary recoveries from injury and Nadal looked very uncomfortable and couldn’t answer the question.

  11. Yes we girls are positively pulsating at the prospect of watching this beast in his lovely orange tee shirt revealing his enormous manly muscles.Shame about the bald patch but I suppose you can’t have everything?

    1. Actually, Annie, you might notice that Nadal doesn’t have traditional male-pattern-baldness; his hair thinning is of someone who has undergone chemotherapy of some kind. Funny that.

      1. Well I haven’t studied it that closely?but I will take your word for it.I thought it was amusing that some people don’t recognise sarcasm when they read it!

      2. It is really nice to have the insight of an alopecia expert. Anyway I don’t know how being bald can impact his game, well maybe he can get some sunburns there but I guess he can cope with that with a nice sunscreen.

      3. Pablo, you really are pretty thick. The hair loss doesn’t affect Nadal’s game, but the drugs he likely takes will. A well known side-effect of doping is hair loss of the kind he demonstrates, like someone who has undergone chemotherapy from drugs, which is not the more usual male pattern baldness.

  12. Good match from Roger, I think he can play a lot better as well despite his winner/unforced error ratio. Sadly he lost his serve one time.
    Considering the draw, I think he can make it to the final. Cilic might lose to Verdasco and Nadal to Berdych. The only threat is Djokovic if he doesn’t lose to Tsonga, I can’t imagine him losing past quarters.

    1. Medvedev might be tricky in the 4th round if he gets there. I agree about his quarter and half of the draw.
      It’s not that stacked with talent and unless Zverev plays like he did in WTF, I don’t see anyone challenging the Djoker.

  13. It was a fun match!
    Seeing someone with a similar style of play makes me appreciate Roger even more.
    It’s so difficult in today’s tennis world to take risks and play an offensive brand of tennis. The margins are very small and some bad decisions can easily cost a match. It takes a lot of skill to be able to execute such a game plan in every match.

    Back to the AO – I think Fritz is better for Roger than Monfils. He’s solid but not special. Roger can handle this type of players unless he’s in a really bad day (e.g. Millman). Monfils can catch fire and be very unpredictable.
    Go Roger!

    1. I think Monfils injured slightly and he’s not had any good wins in a while from what I can remember so i think Fed would have won easy. Fritz younger, more likely to go for broke…

      1. I thought it would be easy against Fritz. If he wasn’t American you would barely hear his name.
        Not that good.
        Monfils can have the match of his life out of nowhere. It’s likely Roger would have beaten him too, but you can never know…

  14. A very pleasant match to watch… A good win for Fed, happy playing “cat and mouse” today : not a single set lost in two rounds (2017 AO was not that easy). A 20th qualification for the third round : impressive !

    Let’s hope Fritz will be a little tired after his 3-hour match today…

    From what I read, Tsonga is very motivated against Djoko.  A few minutes ago on Eurosport France, P. Moratoglou  (Serena ‘s coach) gave some advice to Tsonga : he advised him to attack Djoko on his forehand,  be aggressive as much as he can and go to the net on every occasion. Go Jo ! Nothing to lose.

    Good night everybody !  Have a good rest …

    And let’s cherish the days still allowing us to admire the champion depicted in the article below :

    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/federer-waits-out-rain-then-outlasts-evans-20190116-p50rs4.html

    PS : wonderful pictures  have been taken today  by Ben Solomon of Fed flying on court with his white/blue outfit on the blue background. Two artists.

    1. I can’t remember when Tsonga last had a big win, like beat someone in the top 5? Wasn’t last year that’s for sure. Did he manage it in 2017?

      He played an all-time classic match when he beat Nadal in 2008 here though. But doubt he can reproduce. Too many holes in his game for Djoker to exploit.

      1. I think a few years ago Tsonga won a big tour (master?) out in the east, beating some top fivers, including Roger. Tsonga was on fire then…looked a bit strange too, maybe was on a special fire…? But I would never count him completely out, he defeated Roger some other times too. Well mostly first half of 2016, which was a special bad period for RF.

  15. Fed needs to change clothing to cotton instead of 100% polyester. He used to hardly break a sweat, now he’s sopping wet like he was at the US Open. Overheating and dehydration.

    1. Seriously???

      Is that Uniqlo stuff really polyester????

      Wouldn’t you think it would be JOB ONE of his team to make sure his close preserve hydration as much as possible??

      They must know and care about this right?

      But you’re right: I’ve never seen him sweat as much as he does since he got out of nike.

      Man!! – just wear the nike stuff and have someone sow a Uniqlo patch on it!!!

      1. When you google “Federer Uniqlo shirt” and read about the material it says 100% polyester. It just has to be a factor in the heat. Surely they’re all aware of that ?

      1. Yeah I have no idea, he seems to be very aware of every detail so you’d think clothing would be high on the list. Surely Uniqlo makes cotton shirts.

    2. Surely they can’t be putting him in polyester (makes *me* sweat like crazy, I must admit!)? Did they put Djokovic in polyester all those years? I doubt it. You’d have thought fabric would have been a major consideration in the contract, wouldn’t you?

      1. Clearly UNIQLO doesn’t want Roger to win. This must be a conspiracy. I’m sure Federer does not have a say on the material he wants to wear Please…

  16. Only saw highlights but looked like a very fun match. Really glad that evo got to show everyone what he can still do on the big stage. Would like to see fed be more attacking on return but evo has a decent kicker I guess. Can’t see fritz winning a set (fingers crossed) as he’s a bit too one dimensional for fed if fed is on. Hopefully he gets through then it’s all very dangerous matches from then

    1. Yeah he’s not gone after the backhand much on the return, needs to I think. Chip is risky as he’s neutral or behind. Fine against Evans as not gonna do much damage, but should be practicing it in these matches. He did hit one good return in the breaker when he stepped in to recover a mini break.

      1. Yep, having zero return winners against evo is poor. It was such a big part of the success in 2017 I wonder why he’s gone away from it the past year. Got some big servers coming up in the next few rounds probably so would like to see him take more chances on the second serve

  17. Ok, so I’m not losing it and hallucinating. Anderson had medical treatment for his rt elbow. I would guess it helped Tiafoe.

    Yes, PC, I agree, the material sucks. It’s so heavy. The difference between Nike dri-fit shorts and these are like a bed sheet vs a snowsuit.

    Fun match and there I go, yelling at the screen. Good luck to Roger in the next round and thanks to Jonathan for the post.

      1. Yes, I felt the material in the USO shirt and shorts. It is super thick. Hope he doesn’t have to play in the heat anywhere. It is the worse stuff. Let’s blame his loss against Millman on it, lol.

      2. He was saying how he couldn’t get air, had problems with the humidity and was sweating so much and how it was a first for him. Obviously something was different. Polyester outfit plus heat equals trouble.

    1. So now someone just needs to tell him or his team, they change the clothing material and then he can win every match from here on out ?

  18. @Shmeltz,
    Watching Millman today I can see why he gave Fed problems.Really on fire,painting the lines etc.He is the sort of player
    you won’t hear of again but if you have difficulties as with Fed and the humidity he is really going to capitalise .

  19. @Jonathan,
    Bautista Agut ,a limited player overall.A tad harsh perhaps.Recently beaten Berdych and Djokovic and won two very
    demanding five setters,both of which he should have won in three.Also in the Millman match and he was absolutely on fire
    with the Aussie crowd right behind him,Agut played one of the most superb shots under pressure I have ever seen,a sort of
    backhand volley facing towards his end of the court.Stunning,worthy of Fed himself.So I think that he will be moving up the
    rankings.

    1. Technique wise and ability he’s limited. Average serve, hockey shot backhand, no slice. But he’s a great athlete, runs all day and his forehand can do damage as it’s very flat. But he will always be hovering between 15-20 in the world as no huge weapons. Gets a lot of wins purely because he’s got a great attitude on court.

      He will prob have a solid year, as usual, doubt he beats his best ranking of 13 though from a few years back when he won a couple of tournaments on grass. Strangely for a Spaniard, he’s no good on clay. Doesn’t move well on it and I guess his lack of spinny game doesn’t help either.

      1. Annie, Lopez is no good on clay because he is mainly a serve and volley player with a relatively poor backhand. Unusual for a Spaniard. You need solid and consistent groundstrokes to compete on clay, which is the slowest of surfaces. Suits the super fit (doped?) grinders- who mostly come from Spain and South America.

      2. Most of the tennis courts in Spain are clay courts that’s the very easy explanation on why they are the best in that surface.

      3. You left out their penchant for doping, which greatly improves their stamina in clay matches. The South Americans – those other clay court specialists – are also well known for it. Indeed, such is the amount of doping throughout Spanish sport their own Sports Minister has publicly admitted they have a doping problem. Clearly, stating the obvious.

      4. There are a lot of problems with Spanish sport. I mean look at the recent match-fixing arrests. Many covers up with Operation Puerto etc.

        Russia and East Germany seems more state-sponsored. Is Spain for economic reasons? Money to be made and terrible youth unemployment thanks to the Euro?

      5. Balls are too hard, courts are too slow, Roger’s clothes make him sweat too much, Nadal’s hair is a clear indication that he dopes etc etc etc. It all sounds quite ridicolous.

        Look at the following logic: EURO > Spanish high youth unemployment rate > for some reason this causes the Spanish government to invest in doping > Nadal’s appearance > Roger losses frequently. Now you have another ridicolous excuse to explain Roger’s decline since 2008, the EURO!

      6. Instead of saying it’s ridiculous, why don’t you tell us your theory? As a native, you surely have to concede that Spain has a problem with match-fixing and doping across a lot of sports. Look at all the recent arrests for match-fixing 😆

        You don’t understand my point. It’s you who is not showing much logic here. I said Russia / East Germany was state sponsored. Spain doesn’t seem to be government-backed, more doping rings of Doctors and athletes. The opposite.

        I’m asking you are their athletes doing it because it’s a way to make a quick bit of cash either by throwing a match or doping to get further up the ladder? It’s the only logical reason. Cash is king, and with a stalling economy, a currency that doesn’t work and zero job prospects that is an option to take. Can you explain why that doesn’t make sense?

      7. Firstly you need to show me the data backing your claim that Spain has a bigger problem than other countries regarding doping. I constantly read positives and match fixing everywhere in the world and as a native British with a huge historic betting culture you should know this better than anyone.

        Then, how many people can live as professional athletes? Do you think that doping is a realistic way of reducing economic struggles? If you want to find an economic theory I would argue that in countries like the UK, where I repeat the betting industry is huge, the economic interest for match fixing and doping is way higher

      8. Fuentes, Operation Puerto, Luis García del Moral. Fuentes was even on the payroll of Real Sociedad… Sergios Ramos another shady character. Spain is thought to be a soft touch on doping… it’s all out there.

        “How many people can live as professional athletes? Do you think that doping is a realistic way of reducing economic struggles?” Absolutely, if you can win more matches by improving your level X per cent, then you benefit financially.

        The reason the economic theory is reasonable, look at another basket case of an economy. Italy. They are more prominent in athletics – and have a ton of doping problems.

        Your theory about betting is flawed. Betting does not have borders.

      9. “They are more prominent in athletics – and have a ton of doping problems.”

        Really? I’m trying to think of many Italian athletes at world level, and failing. Can’t say I remember them being particularly prone to doping problems either.

      10. That’s not data, we can find names related to doping from any country. https://www.bbc.com/sport/43281807
        “Your theory about betting is flawed. Betting does not have borders”. The UK has a strong betting culture, there is no doubt that there is a lot more money in play there.

      11. All countries and sports have a doping problem, nobody is denying that. But Spain seems to be one who’s up there with interesting cases, cover-ups and scandals. I guess you are too patriotic to admit it.

        Not sure what data you are after. Operation Puerto is date enough. I am guessing you want positive samples as proof. But if Spain is a soft touch on doping you aren’t going to get that list.

        For example, how do you explain that there was no Wada-compliant testing conducted across La Liga in 2016? 😆 Here is the data: Number of WADA approved tests in Spanish football in 2016: ZERO. That surely has to set alarm bells ringing…

        But you can bet from anywhere in the world, all you need is to find the corruptable players. That’s why the economic theory is a logical one as recruiting players from economically weak countries is going to be far easier.

      12. Jonathan, no argument is going to persuade a die-hard Nadal fan like Pablo that there are serious concerns with Spanish sport. He has to remain oblivious to the problem or he loses his religion. Ignorance and denial are the twin pillars of his defence. It is impossible to debate these issues with a person who chooses to not know anything about it, and who rejects anything that would undermine his cherished beliefs. I have made the effort to become informed on the subject of doping generally and what I have learned about Spanish sport has made me profoundly sceptical. I am not alone in this. A high ranking former WADA official (a tennis player) told me privately that what Nadal has done is “impossible” and that he is on EPO’s; “all the Spaniards are, they’ve been doing it for years and they’ve gotten really good at it.”

  20. Must say I enjoyed this match with Evans, thought both players played well,
    Roger we know can usually lift his game if needed. Can see a lot of bumps
    in the road as it’s quite a tricky draw, hoping that Nadal will be stretched a
    bit, is it my imagination or does Rafa look bulkier around the middle?

  21. Most important question:: How are the courts playing compared to last year? What is everyone saying? What does Fed have to say?

    1. Fed said the court plays slower than Perth at the Hopman Cup. He also says that you are seeing more flat balls and less spin do to the balls betting fluffier earlier.

      1. Edited: Fed said the court plays slower than Perth at the Hopman Cup. He also says that you are seeing more flat balls and less spin due to the balls getting fluffier earlier.

  22. Marius Copil just won the first set vs. Goffin. He hasn’t played a tournament since Basel 2018 so it will be interesting to see whether he confirms the great play he is able to produce just like in Basel when beating Cilic and Zverev….

    1. Ups Copil played both Doha (lost to Fucsovic in R 32) & in Auckland (lost to Taylor Fritz in R32)…
      Sorry for this misinformation….

    1. Sorry to see Stan loose to Raonic,it would be great to see the return of Stanimal,might give Nadal a run for his money at Roland Garros.Nadal also has a new name…”The Prince of pain”LOL

      1. I was sorry to see Stan lose, too. He’s slowly been working his way back since knee surgery. Raonic has a boring game that is utterly serve dependant. As he scarcely missed a first serve it made the tiebreaks impossible for Stan.
        As far as Nadal’s new nickname goes, he certainly inflicts pain but despite his litany of professed injuries over the years he seems to experience no pain himself. An android rather than human.

      2. Yes. Sometimes I wish Stan would get an easier draw. I realise that once you’re out of the seeding anything can happen, but he does seem to get scheduled against a disproportionately large number of tough opponents (especially at slams?) . And it sounded as though he was getting back to something like his old form late on last year?

      3. Stanimal has 0 chances against the King of Clay at RG. Go and watch the 2017 RG final, he took him to the school.

      4. True. And I think Stan was already suffering from the knee injury by then – not to mention the exhausting SF against Murray.

      5. Pablo – there are many Rafa fan sites where could you could be part of a thriving chorus of Rafa supporters. Maybe you already post there a ton.

        But – why do you think you come here -an obvious Federer fan site?

      6. Actually Pablo – you have no need to answer to me.

        I admit, it does seem a little strange and maybe “trolly” to me for you to post so much about Rafa here, but you seem to be respectful and a real tennis fan, so who says you shouldn’t post here.

        Sorry to bug you. This isn’t even my blog anyway.

      7. I think it is good to have different perspectives. I’m a Federer tennis fan too but when I read some stupid arguments about other players I feel the need to comment. Just that,

      1. Thanks for the info on Lopez further up thread Armstrong.Yes I was amazed when I saw her,an ernormous rear end looking even more gigantic if possible.Do these people ever
        look at themselves in the mirror?

  23. So, Roger has another daytime match. I’m sure some people will take that as Craig Tiley responding to the criticism from last year.

    1. Perhaps it is a good idea to get the daytime matches over in the first week,when the opponents should
      technically be weaker?

    2. Definitely a conspiracy. Nadal gets all the night matches. Ah but his opponents are Australian. Ah but if it was Federer they would say it was fixed. When Federer isn’t favoured what do they have to say?
      Lol!

      1. Yep, I’m waiting for someone to cry foul play. But it’s one rule for one person, and another for another, of course.

  24. So beautiful photos, thanks Jonathan, and of course for the write up too. It seems to be hot in AO tomorrow. Well, we’ll see who is most on fire then. Roger still moves very well. So good to see.

    1. 25 celsius degrees when FedFritz will play according to the forecast + 80 % of rain risks ==> match with the roof closed ? 🙂

  25. Just watched the Sascha/Chardy match.Very entertaining but Sascha threw away the third set with unforced errors and
    Chardy played really well in the third and fourth sets.Fortunately for the German princeling Chardy faded in the fifth.Lendl
    will need to give him a stern talking to,he should have sewn it up in three.

      1. I read that he felt awful,pains all over.Sounds like Flu,but he didn’t seem right in the previous round.

  26. Just watching Tsonga squandering his opportunities against Djokovic. Tsonga has to be one of the most brainless players out there. Tennis I.Q. is a rarity.

    1. Does anyone really “squander” opportunities with Novak?

      It seems to me he’s so darn consistent and impenetrable that opportunities are just very rare exceptions in his form that very quickly get resolved.

      1. To be honest I think most players squander opportunities at one time or the other.Just
        watching the Sascha match today,Squandered an easy match point by being too eager.
        I have seen Fed do it too,that ridiculous drop shot against Del Potro at Indian Wells,I think it was.Turned the match around.But Djoker does it too.These are men not Gods or
        robots-Oh wait……

      2. Of course they do, just like against any other player. Remember when Fed dumped a makeable second serve chip return into the net that first TB in Paris that would have given him an advantage?

      3. They do, but Tsonga especially. The commentators frequently expressed amazement at the appalling choices he made when he either had break points or game points. Wild bashing from impossible court positions or simply careless errors. Often all Djokovic had to do was make Tsonga play another shot and he self-destructed. He wouldn’t have beaten Novak but he stood to win a set or two, and make it a much better match.

  27. So another daytime, and for us middle of the night-time game. Crazy politically correctness.
    Enjoyed watching Dan Evans very much but hope he takes his talents elsewhere next time and knocks out all the other players first. Thought Fed played extremely well with more of his “interesting” shots, high backhand volleys and drop shots included.
    Watched Taylor Fritz later. Lots of youth and energy. Hopefully age and intelligence will win the day otherwise we will be Very Upset.

      1. Didn’t notice Nadal was playing an Aussie. S’pose that’s a reason.
        Thanks for your excellent write-ups, Jonathan. You’re rocking the blog these days.

    1. What political correctness? Wimbledon schedule Brits on primetime TV on show courts. Why shouldn’t the AO do the same for its own players?

  28. Really fun high quality match and absorbing to watch. I rate Dan the player if not Dan the man… I expected a fight and it was good to see Fed rise to the challenge!

    I’m fine with the day session. Embrace the heat! Fritz will be up for it but I give Fed a definite edge with experience given the occasion etc and lack of variety still in the nextgen’s Game.

    Raonic looks quite scary to me! I wld give him definite chance of beating Sascha. Played damn well v Stan who was no slouch.
    Seppi will beat Tiafoe ( Kev was clearly hindered by his elbow).

    Onwards Fed, don’t care how you win them, just win them!

    Enjoying the analysis Jonathan

    1. I don’t know.Raonic vDjoker will be slaughtered,whereas Sascha can beat him.So I will be cheering on Sascha….far more attractive anyway.?

  29. So… Djoko straight to the final?? Sigh. Hope you are there to stop him Roger.
    I don’t want Djoko to win it, he doesn’t deserve it.
    I don’t want Rafa to win it, he doesn’t deserve it at all !!!
    Go Roger…. 5 more to go and TO WIN 🙂

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  30. Now, followed last shots of today’s match on live-score. Fed just won, straight sets. Relieved. But of course he should also, being so nicely in form.

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