Not the prettiest match from Roger but it was effective and that is all that mattered. This match proved to me that Tsongas victories against Roger were mainly down to Rogers level of play and the match is still very much on his racket. To win with really only 50% of his talent on display last night was a good sign. The match against Monaco had every shot in the book whereas this one complimented it in the sense it showed high aggression and good tactics. There were errors, but ultimately he never allowed Tsonga to play his match. If he can fuse those 2 facets together for the semi final against Djokovic, then he will come out of that match on top.
The match got underway at around 7.30pm New York time, it started slowly with both players lacking any real rythmn, Roger stole an early advantage to lead 3-1 before rain stopped play. They waited around for 5 minutes to see what happened, but the lines got slippy so they took the players off the court.
On their return Fed immediately relinquished the break and the set was back on serve, however, Roger made a move at 4-4 with a classic backhand pass and served out the set to take it 6-4.
Roger quickly moved into a two set lead, just like his Wimbledon match against Tsonga, but this time Tsonga had no chance of turning the match around, his first serve wasn't firing and Roger was playing much much better on the return of serve than at Wimbledon 2 months ago.
Last night, Federer's first serve was ridiculously consistent. He won 78 percent of first serves including five aces and he only missed four first serves in the entirety of the third set.
I was impressed Roger has learnt his lessons from the previous defeats to Tsonga, he played ultra aggressive, and whilst he did attempt to overpower him to an extent, it was a punctuated approach – he didn't hug the basline and try hit hard through the middle of the court, he mixed it up well with some spin and great angles on the forehand side. This made Tsonga go for too much and he could never settle.
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Break Points Converted
Net Points Won
48 of 62 = 77%
10 of 24 = 42%
6 of 13 = 46%
19 of 32 = 59%
A tactically sound match
I just felt I was in control from the baseline, on my serve, on my return,” Federer said. “I just felt I had my teeth in the match.
Predictions for the US Open Semi Final against Djokovic
I had a good feeling about the match against Tsonga, and I have one about this match too. From what we've seen so far I make Federer the slight favourite. I'm not sure Djokovic is playing at a high level, or if he's 100% fit. He's struggled against Dolgopolov, and dropped a set against Tipsarevic – who was also up 3-0 in the first set before losing it. Tipsarevic has never won a tour title, and he's known as a bit of a choker
Novak is always a good matchup for Roger I believe as he has the weapons to do damage to the Djokovic game. If his first serve continues in the same vain of form its been in all week then I pick Roger to win through this match 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4.