Hey all, first match report of the year is here as Federer began his 2016 season with a 6-2, 6-1 win in Brisbane against qualifier Tobias Kamke. Super efficient match from the Swiss which lasted just 55 minutes and despite some concerns earlier in the week regarding injury or illness he looked in fine fettle from the word go. The win sees him move into the Quarter Finals where he'll face Grigor Dimitrov who defeated Viktor Troicki earlier in the day.
Quick Match Recap
Kamke kicked things off with a hold to 30 before Federer fired down two second serve aces to hold to love. Game three saw the German hit two double faults which helped Fed create his first break point chance. The Swiss duly converted first time of asking to lead 2-1. There was smart challenge from Roger too at deuce on a serve that was wrongly called good.
The break was quickly consolidated for 3-1 and the German immediately dropped serve again to slip 1-4 behind. Fed then held for 5-1 and closed out the set holding serve to 15 to take it 6-2.
Into set 2 and both players traded holds for 1-1. Roger then rifled a sweet backhand down the line winner to setup break point which he converted with a well constructed point finished with a run around inside out forehand. No way back for Kamke after that as he was again broken for 1-4 and this time around couldn't trouble the scoreboard again as Fed swept away with it 6-1 to move into the Quarter Finals.
|R. Federer||T. Kamke|
|1st Serve %||55%||59%|
|1st Serve Points Won||18/22 (82%)||15/27 (56%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||12/18 (67%)||6/19 (32%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/1 (100%)||1/6 (17%)|
|Service Games Played||7||8|
|1st Return Points Won||12/27 (44%)||4/22 (18%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||13/19 (68%)||6/18 (33%)|
|Break Points Won||5/6 (83%)||0/1 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||8||7|
|Total Service Points Won||30/40 (75%)||21/46 (46%)|
|Total Return Points Won||25/46 (54%)||10/40 (25%)|
|Total Points Won||55/86 (64%)||31/86 (36%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Good start here as Fed looked very sharp to say it's his first competitive match since the World Tour Finals in November. Kamke is obviously not the toughest test but he has been well established in the top 100 before and has a couple of wins against top 10 players. Roger just out played him in every area though, hitting some lusty ground strokes and serving well when he needed it to keep out of trouble, only facing a single break point. First win with Ljubicic in the box too 🙂
There was quite a lot of concern before the match regarding an injury or illness of some sort due to Roger only lightly practising one day and also asking for his match to be moved to Thursday. Those things were true as Fed revealed in his presser that he had being battling flu for the last few days and asked to play Thursday instead of Wednesday. It's not a recurrence of the arm injury from Basel that was rumoured which is a good thing.
Predictions vs. Dimitrov
Next up is Dimitrov who saw off Troicki in a tough three setter earlier in the day. The Bulgarian got his first ever win against Simon in the 1st round too so he's a little bit more battle hardened than Fed. Roger leads the H2H 3-0 and we're yet to see Dimitrov really trouble him in any of their previous encounters. I guess he's due a performance at some point in time but does he have the skills to beat Fed or is he all hype? I'm not sure, he'd have to serve really well to stand a chance I think. If Fed plays somewhere near his level today I think he will win at a canter but we'll see. Afterall Dimitrov now has Shitslinger in his box so playing in front of a woman you love, respect and admire + has 2.2 million Instagram followers is surely some added motivation 😆