Roger Federer made lighter work of his opponent than many had expected this afternoon as he came through in straight sets against David Ferrer of Spain. The scoreline was a fairly accurate reflection of the match as the Swiss star took it 6-4 7-6 although it felt that Ferrer didn’t threaten his opponent as much as he should. Federer now holds an incredible 14-0 winning record against Ferrer and the Spaniard didn’t look very likely to address this issue during today’s match up.
Ferrer had 3 break points to choose from in the very first game of the match, as Federer struggled to find the right targets, yet he failed to convert any of them. Federer then went on to take a 3-0 lead with some crackerjack crosscourt winners and a resilient hold of serve in the third game that lasted 12 minutes. As Ferrer started to get hold of his forehand, Federer started to lose his as the error count approached 20 for the Swiss. This translated into a break back for Ferrer who unsurprisingly drew level at 3-3. The crowd seemed a little mute at this point in the match, a combination of Federer’s worrying number of unforced errors and Ferrer’s inability to take advantage of the situation. As ever though, Federer knows when to pounce! The 10th game saw some classic Roger Federer moves, sculpting points like the true artist we have come to appreciate. Whipping crosscourt winners and an inside out forehand right out of his manual sealing the break for the set.
That new level remained intact for much of the second set. Roger was finding the angles that most simply cannot as he moved up the court and up the gears whilst Ferrer was left scambling backwards behind the baseline. The Spaniard responded well though and for most of the set looked solid on his own serve, smashing a few forehand winners along the way. He was particularly resilient in the 10th game, serving to stay in the match with his parents watching on in the crowd, a moment where many a man has cracked against the great Fed! Good concentration snuffed out the errors and a beautiful approach shot and volley saw him through the game before the music boomed around the O2 once more.
Yet there was an inevitable feeling about the tiebreak that followed. There’s obviously no such thing as an easy tiebreak but it’s never going to be easy when you need to win the breaker against arguably the world’s greatest ever player who’s beaten you in all 14 occasions you’ve squared up. In turn Federer knocked down 5 fabulous serves including 2 aces to wrap things up. He took the third of three match points with a trademark serve after 1 hour and 48 minutes. Federer will now face Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday, knowing that he is already through to the semi finals of the year end tournament that he is bidding to win for the seventh time!
Del Potro squares up against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in tonight’s match starting at 19:45 GMT