Another Manic Monday awaits Roger Federer as he cruised through his Round 3 encounter at SW19 defeating Jan Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in 94 minutes.
The manner of victory sees the Swiss extend his set winning streak on grass to 29 and didn't face a single break point en route to setting a tie with Adrian Mannarino in Monday's fourth round.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve, holding to 15 for a 1-0 lead. Struff quickly levelled and the opening five games were dominated by serve. However, in game six Roger made his move hitting a nice return to make 30-30 before winning a high-class rally to set up break point which he converted for 4-2. The one break proved decisive as the Swiss took it 6-3.
Into set two and Struff held for 30 to lead 1-0. Roger then levelled to fifteen but with Struff serving nicely I thought we may see a tie-break between the pair. That looked likely after Struff saved break point en route to holding for 4-3 but in game eleven Roger found a way through to break and he served out the set 7-5.
With Struff having come back from two sets down in the previous round he won't have relished the prospect of having to do it all over again and he dropped serve early in the third, a bad bounce on break point further adding salt into the wounds. More break points came the way of the Swiss in game five and although Struff held for 2-3, his resistance soon ended as Roger broke again in game seven before serving it out to love with an ace.
|R. Federer||J. Struff|
|First Serve % in||40/74 (54%)||56/100 (56%)|
|Win % on 1st Serve||37/40 (93%)||37/56 (66%)|
|Win % on 2nd Serve||23/34 (68%)||21/44 (48%)|
|Net Points Won||13/14 (93%)||16/31 (52%)|
|Break Points Won||4/14 (29%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Receiving Points Won||42/100 (42%)||14/74 (19%)|
|Total Points Won||102||72|
|Distance Covered||4796.1 Ft||4571.7 Ft|
|Distance Covered/pt.||27.6 Ft||26.3 Ft|
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Thoughts on the Match
I'm happy I found a way today. Some moments where it can be frustrating because you're not finding any rhythm, at times you're more reacting than playing active tennis. But it's okay. I knew that going in. I'm just very pleased that I found a way in that first set, then also stayed calm in the second set.
Another tidy win here for Roger who was again untroubled on serve, not facing a single break point and winning 93% of points when he landed his first delivery. Struff is the type of player than can you starve you of rhythm and that showed in the opening set as Roger struggled with his timing from the baseline but once he got into more of a groove then it was very much plain sailing.
Clean hitting, a successful SABR, a backhand winner down the line and some lovely half volleys were just some of the highlights and to be fair Struff played his part too, hanging with Roger from the baseline for quite a few of the points but with no joy on the return the pressure eventually got too much for him. One break in each of the two sets was enough to put Federer well on the way before Struff started going for broke in set three and whilst that provided some entertaining winners from both it was far too late in the day for the German to really get anything going.
Predictions vs. Mannarino
Next up is my predicted fourth-round opponent Adrian Mannarino who came back from a break down in the fifth to defeat Daniil Medvedev. The Frenchman was two sets up before the Medvedev fought back to take it five before he eventually prevailed in over 3 hours.
Roger has played Mannarino at Wimbledon before under the roof on centre court a few years back winning in straights but their most recent meeting was in Basel last year where Mannarino came very close to causing a big upset. The leftie has a pretty decent grass court game and played well in Antalya making the final so I think he'll be Roger's biggest test so far, the only problem for him is that he's played quite a lot of tennis of late going four sets in round one and then five in round 3. Combine that with the way Roger has been playing hard to see anything but an RF win.
Thoughts on the match? Predictions for the 4th round? Let me know in the comments.