Gone are the days when Federer would come into Centre Court with a gold blazer and long white trousers. It is that time of his career, when the maestro literally means business. As was evident in his 3-set win over Dzumhur, the Swiss seems to be a man on a mission as he finished Querrey off in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to enter Round 3 of the Gentlemen’s Singles at the All-England Club in South London.
Here are some riveting moments from the clash:
#1 A lob between the legs from Federer
At 4-2 , Federer perhaps played the most entertaining game of the day at Centre Court. A game full of outrageous shotmaking leading into another break for the Swiss legend.
The highlight came when the Swiss hit a lob through his legs – with the racket behind his back. If you please – that really got the crowd purring. It was a small wonder that Querrey double-faulted at advantage Federer. After all, it’s hard to serve when people around you are purring.
#2 Federer’s consecutive breaks
Federer broke Querrey’s serve at 4-4 in the first set at Deuce with the utmost of ease and followed it up with a break at the beginning of set to go up 2-0 in the second set even before Querrey could recover from the first set.
The Swiss moves 30-0 in front before moving to break point with a wonderful forehand to shorten the swing. Querrey displayed some great resistance as he battled back to take an advantage despite Federer having three break points in hand but after a second deuce, Federer moved back for a fourth break point after a mistake from Querrey followed by a standout backhand smash to take the set.
Game ten began with an intriguing forehand rally, which ended in favour of Querrey, only for two errors to give Federer the lead on his own service. Querrey was unable to return the serve as the scores moved to 40-15, leaving Federer to finish the job as the American couldn’t muster a response for the second time in a row.
#3 Brutal ace to seal the second set
Federer summarised proceedings with a rather sharp ace on the right side to wrong-foot the American and seal the second set 6-2.
An ace of brutal precision, deep down the middle at 40-15, sealed the set for Federer. Alan Wilkins for the comm box quotes ,”He looks like he could walk on water just now, he really does. ”
That was a two-set lead and surely there was no way back now for Querrey.
#4 Utter befuddlement on Querrey’s face in set 3
Federer hit an air shot at break point off a seemingly easy ball that left the big serving American in utter disbelief as he went into the changeover with a baffled look on his face.
He was just outplayed in the final set as Federer ran through his extensive repertoire of shots. Depressingly for the American, he looked increasingly one-dimensional in comparison with the seven-time champion.
#5 The post-match interview
“I’m very happy with how I’ve played the first two matches.” I’ll be he is. He then adds, perhaps somewhat surprisingly: “There’s a little bit of relief that I’m actually playing this well at Wimbledon.” Clearly he didn’t feel last year’s effort was up to scratch. After all, he only managed to lose in the final. Imagine the horror!
About the lob between the legs, Fed said :
“It was the perfect shot, it just felt like I had the time. But if you don’t win the point then you look a little bit silly. I had to work hard – Sam’s a good player and he had a good run on the grass last week. The first break was crucial, and then I had a good 10 minutes.”
Next up for the big man is 69-seed Sam Groth. the 6ft 4 inch long big serving Aussie does pose some danger for Federer in the coming round but if Federer continues to play the kind of game he has displayed so far, there shouldn’t be much hinderance to the world number 2.
“He’s a good serve-and-volley player, he’s got an amazing serve that he can really clock,” said Federer of Groth. “So I’m looking forward to another match like today”.
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