Following another magnificent performance in his Sunday match-up, former two-time Sony Open champion Roger Federer is through to the final 16 in Miami, where he will meet top ranked Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Federer leads the head-to-head series 11-2, with victories dating back to 2005.
World No. 5 Roger Federer once again put on a clinic in his third round match-up against Thiemo de Bakker, defeating the Dutch qualifier 6-3, 6-3 in 63 minutes. Federer’s serving was near-perfect, as the Swiss star lost only seven of his service points throughout the match, hitting 23 winners in the process. He is now 42-12 at the Sony Open, having won the event in 2005 and 2006. His next obstacle standing between himself and his 22nd Masters 1000 title is France’s Richard Gasquet.
“We have played many times now and I’m not sure how he’s playing right now,” said Federer on his upcoming opponent. “I have to find a little bit. He’s got great game [and] gives himself time, sort of that extra second of time on each shot – forehand and backhand. He’s a good all around player. With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him. I think it’s going to be a tough match for me.”
World No. 9 Richard Gasquet also took part in a fantastic third round match-up, defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to arrive in the Round of 16. Gasquet struck 6 aces and saved all five of the break point opportunities against time to secure the straight sets victory in 90 minutes.
This marks the fourteenth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Federer holding a comfortable 11-2 lead in the series. The world No. 5 is undefeated against Gasquet on hard courts (6-0), as well as grass (3-0), losing only to the Frenchman in clay court encounters (2-2). Federer has won their last three consecutive encounters dating back to 2011, and will be looking to extend that streak when the two clash on Tuesday afternoon. If the Swiss star continues to serve near-perfect games, it will be highly unlikely for Gasquet to have an answer.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets