Another day, another straight sets win at the All England Club for Roger Federer who eased past the Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The Swiss has now won 26 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and put in near peRFect serving display dropping just 9 points behind on serve whilst firing down 48 winners to just 11 unforced errors.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Lacko then kicked off with a hold to 30 before the Swiss matched him for 1-1. In game three Roger again made it to thirty all but after a lengthy service game, Lacko held for 2-1. At the changeover, the Slovak was breathing hard after some testing rallies and in game seven Roger broke through to lead 4-3 en route to taking the first set 6-3. Landing 78% of first serves and hitting 19 winners to just 5 unforced errors.
Into set two and Roger was able to start injecting more and more pace into his game as he broke in game five for 3-2. He then consolidated for 4-2 and maintained his advantage to take the set 6-4 not dropping a single point behind his serve.
With Lacko looking tired Roger broke instantly at the start of set 3 before consolidating for 2-0. A second break followed in game five and the Swiss soon made his opponent eat a breadstick taking the set 6-1 dropping just two points behind his serve.
|R. Federer||L. Lacko|
|First Serve % In||43/61 (70%)||52/89 (58%)|
|Win % On 1st Serve||40/43 (93%)||35/52 (67%)|
|Win % On 2nd Serve||12/18 (67%)||16/37 (43%)|
|Net Points Won||17/21 (81%)||6/10 (60%)|
|Break Points Won||4/8 (50%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Receiving Points Won||38/89 (43%)||9/61 (15%)|
|Total Points Won||90||60|
|Distance Covered||4879.0 Ft||4626.3 Ft|
|Distance Covered/pt.||32.5 Ft||30.8 Ft|
Post Match Interview
Thoughts on the Match
I think I played very well, I felt good, fewer nerves than the first round which is normal. I'm happy with how I am hitting the ball along with good concentration on my own serve. Mixing it up with some slice, hitting over returns is a good combination.
Another routine win here for Roger who played pretty much flawless stuff out there. Lacko started competitively but from 3 games all in the second set Roger took complete control at one point winning 35 points in a row on serve.
Lacko has played a lot of matches in recent days and when the camera panned onto him you could see him breathing heavily at the 2-1 changeover in set 1. Not the best sign for him and you could tell it was only a matter of time before Roger's pace of shot and aggressiveness took his legs away. I know the numbers show Fed covered more ground overall but his movement was just way more efficient, he's taking one or two crossover steps to cover 2 to 3 metres of court, whereas Lacko was having to scamper more from the baseline. Despite being on the back foot he actually played pretty well too but Roger just had the measure of him, and when you can't really get a look in on the guys serve the pressure on your own serve builds and builds.
So just like round 1 today went nicely to play, quick match, hitting the spots on serve and wasting zero energy. Job done, onto the next round.
Predictions vs. Karlovic / Struff
So next up is Jan Lennard Struff who came back from two sets down to beat Ivo Karlovic 13-11 in the fifth in 3 hours and 55 minutes.
That's a big win for the German and only the second time he's come from 2 sets down his career having done it again Kukushkin at the US Open four years ago. I didn't watch but I assume it wasn't the most physically draining match against an opponent like Karlovic but mentally it will have taken a big effort to come through so it's very much advantage Fed on Friday who had his feet up long before Struff finished.
Roger leads the H2H 2-0, winning at this years Australian Open in straight sets but both their encounters have featured a tie-break set as Struff hits a heavy serve. Both he and Karlovic didn't win a match on grass pre-Wimbledon so I'm not sure who the tougher opponent would have been here. Karlovic certainly has the more awkward serve due to the height it's delivered from, but Struff hits a heavier ball and offers more from the baseline so I think the German will be more of a test. Pickin Fed in three.
What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments.