A nice run out for the GOAT here as he defeated Marcel Granollers 6-2, 7-6(1), 6-3 to book his spot in the third round of the French Open. The Swiss was in control for the most part but had to battle back from 2-4 and 0-2 in the second and third sets before going on to set up a tie against Damir Dzhumur.
Overall Fed hit 38 winners and restricted Granollers to just 17 of 77 receiving points won. The Swiss on the other hand broke his opponent 5 times and won 102 points in the match compared to the 69 of Granollers. Clean kill.
Quick Match Recap
Roger won the toss and elected to receive, breaking Granollers immediately then consolidating for a 2-0 lead. I thought Granollers would be the man to come out the blocks quickly but it was Fed who hit the ground running; striking his forehand solidly and running away with the opener 6-2.
Into set 2 and the Spaniard began to find his feet, using a lot of variety and the dropshot to great effect which earned him a break for 4-2. Roger's level dipped slightly but after a couple of shanks landed in he broke back to get back on serve. Both players then exchanged back to back holds to force a tie break.
Roger's 2015 tie break record has been less than stellar but he moved up a gear in this one, securing an early mini break before delivering timely first serves to run away with it 7 points to 1.
Granollers hasn't won a match all season when he's lost the first set so the outlook was bleak with a two set deficit but he again got an early break which he consolidated for 2-0. Roger was hugely annoyed at this point, shouting into his towel “Isch sooooo scheisse!” after missing a routine groundstroke. His self-beration worked though, as he broke back to level for 2-2. The Swiss then held to love and broken serve for 4-2. That was soon consolidated for 5-2 and we got to see a two handed backhand lob for the first time in competitive play 😉 With Granoller's resistance fading fast all the Spaniard could do was hold serve for 3-5 before Roger served it out to 30 to book his spot in the third round. Allez!
|Stats||Marcel Granollers||Roger Federer|
|1st serves in||62/94 (66 %)||49/77 (64 %)|
|1st serve points won||38/62 (61 %)||40/49 (82 %)|
|2nd serve points won||14/32 (44 %)||20/28 (71 %)|
|Net points won||15/24 (63 %)||30/37 (81 %)|
|Break points won||2/3 (67 %)||5/8 (63 %)|
|Receiving points won||17/77 (22 %)||42/94 (45 %)|
|Total points won||69||102|
Thoughts on the Match
No, I mean, I think I was actually playing very well, you know. I wasn't nervous really, to be honest. I think things went well for me for the first couple of sets. I think I was in control. Even though I was down a break in the second set, I still felt the match was in my racquet. And when you feel that way, obviously you're always going to feel more confident, more comfortable, not nervous. But the thing you don't want to do is you want to start off badly sets, and that's what happened in the beginning of the third. I played a horrible game. It was just very disappointing and frustrating. But after that, I must say, it was probably my best spell of the match right after that. I was down 2-Love in the third. The reaction was what I wanted. Maybe that's also one of the reasons why I did get a bit angry with myself, because it was really just such a bad game. I was able to play with variation today. I was offensive. I was successful at net. So overall, I was very, very pleased.
Another solid display from Roger here and although he was down a break in sets two and three he always looked like he was in control of things on court. His forehand was solid throughout and he matched Granollers well in terms of variety which made this one an exciting match to watch; plenty of dropshots, net plays and high quality shotmaking from both guys. Not much else to say and it went pretty much how I expected, some patches of impressive play from Granollers but Fed always having the match on his racquet and the extra reserves should he need them.
The only real disappointments are the sloppy games Roger threw in to get broken which could be costly against more ruthless opposition. The good news is Granollers blows hot and cold often; in fact I think at the US Open he was 5-1 up in the first set before eventually taking it 6-4 so maintaining a lead isn't his forte. Hence his 1-12 record against top 10 opposition.
Predictions vs. Dzumhur
Next up is Damir Džumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Safe to say I've never seen this guy play in my life so I have no idea what to expect 🙂 Hopefully Edberg and Luthi are one step ahead of me on that one and have done their homework.
From the brief highlights I've watched on YouTube from Geneva last week, where he won 3 qualifying matches before losing to Jurgen Melzer, he looks solid, as you'd expect from a top 100 player, but appears to have no weapons and an average serve. There's no way Fed should struggle here and I'm expecting a three set win here. Another match on Roger's racket that just requires him to execute his base level game to get the job done I think. Maybe one close set considering Dzhumur is in pretty good form and has played both Berdych and Ferrer in slams before so has some experience but I'll pick Fed 6-2 7-5 6-2.
Also check out Dzumhur's presser here after his win against Baghdatis today. Quite an interesting read.