As expected, Federer beat hometown kid, Bernad Tomic. He won 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1. It was a good match and Roger started off the blocks quickly as he usually does while playing the hometown guy. After breaking serve in the very first game, both players held serve and Federer took it 6-4. He could have wrapped it up earlier but Bernard fended off break point chances with some good play on his part.
Federer continued his good form in the second set; held serve with ease and created about a million break point chances. Unfortunately he didn’t convert a single one! Federer fans familiar with his pattern of play wouldn’t be surprised though, this is not the first time Federer has wasted BPs; he is Wasterer! 😀
Both men served their way to the inevitable tie break. And for a few moments, it did look as if all those wasted chances would come back to haunt Federer as he fell 4-1 down. But Roger has tons of experience in playing tie breakers (and just about everything related to tennis!) and he made the expected comeback. Tomic indulged in an ill advised back hand slice contest with Federer and eventually lost that point to be back on serve. The point before, Bernard made an absolutely atrocious challenge against a Federer winner! I have no idea why or what he was challenging. The ball landed well inside the lines on his side of the court and he had a clear view of it as well. He also had just one challenge when he questioned this call. This probably will go down as the worst challenge of the year! Lol
Federer won the tie break courtesy two exquisite volleys which many others would have fluffed. Down 2 sets, it was almost impossible for Tomic to come back into the match as Federer is one of the greatest front runners of the game. However, the opening game of the third set didn’t follow the expected script and it was a much tighter affair and Tomic had his chances. Federer served up two double faults in that game and was close to dropping serve. But he held eventually and then broke Tomic next game after another long tussle when the aussie went for a drop shot that Federer easily tracked down and put away into the corner for a winner. From there the Swiss Mastero just rolled on and served out the match at love.
Overall it was a good match for the four time champ as everything went according to script. Federer was quick off the blocks in the first set; Tomic bought the fight to Federer in the second but eventually didn’t have anything to show for it and expectedly, couldn’t sustain his level in the third as Federer ran away with the set and match. Maybe the only disconcerting point would be his break point conversion, but in all fairness, Tomic played outstanding well in those moments in the first two sets.
Roger plays Milos Raonic next. Milos has a huge serve and has played Roger close in their 3 matches (4 tie breakers in 9 sets) but Federer knows a thing or two about playing huge servers, ask Andy Roddick 🙂