Following strong performances in their second round matches, 17-time rand Slam champion Roger Federer and No. 1 Colombian Santiago Giraldo will cross paths for a spot in the second week of the tournament. This is just the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Federer leading the Head to Head series 1-0 with a win at the 2011 US Open.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the third round of The Championships on Thursday afternoon with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Gilles Muller. The Swiss star had to survive a slight suspension of play in the second set but returned to carry on business and close out the contest in 1 hour and 34 minutes.
“Against a player like this you’re more dependent on the serve and return and first couple of shots, so it doesn’t change much against a player like him,” said Federer of the closed roof. “Today I thought it was cooler with the roof open, and then footing and tactics, I didn’t change anything from before and after.”
An interesting stat provided by the ATP World Tour shows that every time that Federer has defeated Muller he has gone on to win the title. Even Federer was unaware of this remarkable stat.
“Oh, really? Ohh. Are you sure?” Federer asked, with a laugh, when told during the post-match press conference. “I’ll go check it out. I’m happy to hear that.
“I’m very happy with the match today because I knew it could have been difficult. And we saw signs of it I think midway through the second set when I think for four straight games I didn’t see much on his serve. Then actually the rain delay kind of changed things around. I came out and I was a bit more clear of how I was going to return him.”
- Roger Federer is looking for his record eighth title at Wimbledon
- Federer holds a 69-8 record at the tournament.
- He last title win at the event was also Andy Murray’s last loss at the Wimbledon Championships.
His upcoming opponent, Santiago Giraldo had a much more grueling experience on Thursday afternoon, as he was forced to contest a five-set battle against Spain’s Marcel Granollers before coming up with the 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 win by Friday morning. Giraldo hit 3 aces, 60 winners and 47 unforced errors to close out the contest in 4 hours and 27 minutes.
This is just the second time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional circuit, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 1-0. This should be another straightforward contest for the former champion as he continues his campaign for a record eighth title at this prestigious event.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets