Revenge for Raonic has he defeated Roger 6-4 6-4 in the Brisbane International final to win his 8th ATP title. The win sees him reverse the result of last years encounter which saw Federer win his 1000th match on the ATP tour.
Neither player managed to perform at their very best but it was Raonic who executed the better game plan and used his weapons to good effect, facing just one break point and breaking decisively in each set to close it out in 87 minutes.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve, holding to 30 for a 1-0 lead. Raonic then levelled to 15 for 1-1. That was soon 2-2 and Federer found himself in trouble down 0-30 then 30-40, making only 1 of 5 first serves. He saved the break point though with a strong serve, before having to save another en route to holding for 3-2. Raonic quickly levelled and after exchanging holds for 4-4 Roger was broken, choosing to challenge a let which was way long, losing him rhythm and dropping serve. Raonic closed it out to 30.
Into set 2 and Roger held from 15-30 to lead 1-0. Game 2 saw the Swiss drop his racquet in disgust after missing a routine rally ball backhand for the umpteenth time. Raonic held to 30 despite being 40 love up.
At 1-2, Raonic took a medical timeout for a leg injury. Upon return he served 3 double faults in a game, giving Roger a break point but he couldn't break; producing a shambolic miss on break point which allowed Raonic to hold for 2-2.
In game 7 with the score tied at 3-3 Roger moved up 30-0 on serve but lost 4 points in a row to get broken. Raonic consolidated to love and although Roger forced him to serve it out and had a look at 30-30 at 4-5 (missed yet another easy backhand) the Canadian held to take the title.
|R. Federer||M. Raonic|
|1st Serve %||56%||57%|
|1st Serve Points Won||25/34 (74%)||28/34 (82%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||14/27 (52%)||14/26 (54%)|
|Break Points Saved||3/5 (60%)||1/1 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||10||10|
|1st Return Points Won||6/34 (18%)||9/34 (26%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||12/26 (46%)||13/27 (48%)|
|Break Points Won||0/1 (0%)||2/5 (40%)|
|Return Games Played||10||10|
|Net Points Won||7/10||20/25|
|Total Service Points Won||39/61 (64%)||42/60 (70%)|
|Total Return Points Won||18/60 (30%)||22/61 (36%)|
|Total Points Won||57/121 (47%)||64/121 (53%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Poor final this one from both guys with neither of them playing high quality tennis. Raonic had a sub par serving day but Fed just wasn't on the money with the return, allowing Raonic to win 60% of second serve points in the first set and failing to break in set 2 in a game that contained 3 double faults 😆 . Roger's own serve was below par too, making just 56% of first serves for the match and having to facing 5 break points to Raonic's 1. Not the sort of numbers he needed to record the win.
Really just one of those bad days at the office for Fed, he looked way short of his best and a step slower from the baseline. Flu, not enough matches in his legs or just one of those days when you're a bit older who knows but some of the backhands he missed were diabolical, feet in the wrong position, technique all over the shop. Even he went from frustration when he dropped his racquet in disgust to just laughing at himself in the final game on that 30 all miss 😀 so I don't think we can feel too bad about the loss, no way he was turning things around with how he was playing in best of 3 format.
As for Raonic he played some good first strike tennis and won most of the important points in the match to deservedly take home the title. The only negative for him will be the leg injury he was treated for in the second set. He did look a little sluggish himself after that but Roger didn't get enough balls in play to find out how big an issue it was.
In terms of the week, it's been a fairly good one for Fed, 4 matches and 3 wins which is reasonable prep for the Aussie Open. He said in press his participation in Queensland was in doubt with the virus he had pre tournament but was happy with how its gone. Brisbane is rarely indicative of how well he will play in Melbourne either, last year he won it and crashed to Seppi whereas Djokovic lost to Dr. Ivo in Doha and won the whole thing.
What did you think of the final? Any expectations for Melbourne? Let me know in the comments.